WHAT IS ‘HAUTE COU­TURE’ AND WHO AC­TU­ALLY BUYS IT?

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Haute cou­ture trans­lates from French

to mean ‘high dress­mak­ing’ or ‘high fash­ion’. It’s gen­uine, one-off, cus­tom-fit

cloth­ing. In 1945, there were 100 de­sign­ers pre­sent­ing col­lec­tions. To­day, there are only 17 gen­uine, global haute cou­ture houses—in­clud­ing Valentino, Chanel and Dior and there are only about 500 cus­tomers in the world. Luck­ily, in In­dia, many de­sign­ers would be happy to cre­ate a cus­tom out­fit for you at their stu­dio, in­clud­ing big­gies like Ro­hit Bal, Tarun Tahil­iani, and JJ Valaya. As long as you are will­ing to pay

the ex­tra price, of course.

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