“Couture is a showcase for a designer’s most outrageous ideas, where budget is no limit to ambition. It is also an expression of financial muscle. Versace, for example, almost collapsed during the recession of the early 2000s, and stopped showing couture for eight years. When it returned to the schedule, in 2012, the brand was perceived as being back in rude health. In short, couture designers are the creme de la creme; fashion’s richest, most accomplished top dogs.”
Read more here at the Guardian
Our personal favourites are the perfect trifecta – McQueen, Margiela and Chalayan. Ironically, apart from Margiela, none of these designer’s houses, wildly regarded as the modern embodiment of haute couture, have never been inducted by the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture. So technically, they are considered Prêt-à-Porter.
And if you want to delve deeper into the realm of fantasy and beauty, check out this BBC documentary: