cou·​tu·​ri·​er kü-ˈtu̇r-ē-ər How to pronounce couturier (audio)
: an establishment engaged in couture
also : the proprietor of or designer for such an establishment

Examples of couturier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taylor had become a fan of the brand, founded in 1963 by couturier Evan Richards, who employed Lagerfeld as his co-designer from 1963 to 1969. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Dec. 2023 Then, French couturiers signed on to be a part: Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. Essence, 28 Nov. 2023 In May of last year, the experimental Dutch couturier Iris van Herpen teamed up with glass blower Bernd Weinmayer for her wet-look Dimensionism dress and the Chinese designer Susan Fang has also worked with this surprisingly versatile and resilient material. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 The dress code did not disappoint, as more than 100 guests wore handmade masks and costumes worthy of a couturier. Vogue, 28 Oct. 2023 While studying under couturiers in Paris, his greatest education came from witnessing the protests of 1968. E. Alex Jung, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023 Instead of fulfilling their original worn function, these pieces—including that Elizabethan bodice and a silk satin ballgown by the American couturier Charles Frederick Worth from 1887 that was the show’s original inspiration—will instead be transformed through display. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2023 After spotting Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark in a pair of his earrings in 1937, the Italian couturier Elsa Schiaparelli commissioned him to design buttons shaped like fruits and insects. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Also on display in Lewes is a long black velvet tunic, embroidered with gold thread in geometric patterns, in a knockoff of a style popularized by the Spanish couturier Fortuny. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, dressmaker, from Old French cousturier tailor's assistant, from cousture

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of couturier was in 1899

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“Couturier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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