A view of the relationship between the Catholic church and high fashion

Andrew Bolton portrait: head slightly to one side, in heavy-rimmed glasses, hand lightly on his chin

Divine inspiration: how high church led to high fashion

Heavenly Bodies, the New York Met’s latest show, pairs the Catholic church with haute couture – and is set to be a sensation. The celebrated curator behind it explains why it all began in Blackburn

It’s a long way from the grey skies of Lancashire to the glitz and flashbulbs of the global fashion event of the year, the Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. But when the world’s A-list fashionistas step out on its red carpet in a week’s time, they’ll be linked by an invisible thread to the mill town of Blackburn in the 1970s – and a Catholic schoolboy whose adolescence there was filled with the drama, the theatre and most of all the costumes of the church services at which he found himself.

Read Article:  https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/apr/29/divine-inspiration-how-high-church-led-to-high-fashion



haute coture

From humble beginnings to present day, we chart the history of haute couture.

1858: English couturier, Charles Frederick Worth established the first haute couture house in Paris, championing exclusive luxury fashion for the upper-class woman and coining the term ‘fashion designer’ – an artist in lieu of the basic dressmaker.

1868: Le Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture was first established as the safeguard of high-fashion. Designers were required to earn the right to label themselves a couture house according to certain specifications. These were later outlined in 1945.

1908: The phrase “haute couture” was used for the first time.

Read Article:  http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/fashion/fashion-news/news/a31123/the-history-of-haute-couture/