cou·tu·ri·er | \kü-ˈtu̇r-ē-ər, -ē-ˌā\

Definition of couturier 

: an establishment engaged in couture also : the proprietor of or designer for such an establishment

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Margaret wore a silk organza wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell, the royal couturier who had created the Queen's bridal gown 13 years earlier. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "Looking Back at Princess Margaret's Wedding Day," 10 Dec. 2017 When Azzedine Alaïa passed away last November, the master couturier was in the midst of working on a major exhibition with the Design Museum in London. Mary Dellas, The Cut, "Azzedine Alaïa’s Last Exhibit Will Include Unseen Pieces," 7 May 2018 Maria Grazia Chiuri blends her work with Cranach’s famous Garden of Eden, and one of the few non-European couturiers, Jun Takahashi, looks to Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Show Is Worth the Pilgrimage," 10 May 2018 Ralph is a fourth-generation couturier, having spent much of her childhood in Sydney watching her grandmother and mother cutting patterns, sewing and designing. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Are Ralph & Russo? Meet The Duo Possibly Behind Meghan Markle's Wedding Gown.," 9 May 2018 The 41 looks, designed by Bertrand Guyon, aimed to capture the whimsical eclecticism of the late, great couturier Elsa Schiaparelli. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 However, the brand first caught the eye of royal couturier Norman Hartnell in 1947 for its use of much brighter hues. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Why Queen Elizabeth Always Wears Gloves," 19 June 2018 Designed by couturier Norman Hartnell, the Chinese silk dress featured over 10,000 pearls and a 15-foot train. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "10 Incredible Royal Wedding Dresses That Aren’t Meghan Markle’s," 17 May 2018 This past weekend, The DailyMail reported that Ralph & Russo, the British couturiers who designed the gown Markle wore in her engagement photos, were tasked to design the future Duchess's wedding gown. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Dress is Reportedly "Finished and Safely Hidden At Windsor Castle"," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of couturier

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for couturier

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

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English Language Learners Definition of couturier

: a person or business that designs and makes clothes for women

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