cou·​tu·​ri·​er | \ kü-ˈtu̇r-ē-ər How to pronounce couturier (audio) , -ē-ˌā\

Definition of couturier

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

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The grand diorama under-scored that inside that historic hall on the Champs-Elysées Lagerfeld is both couturier and auteur, master of the mise-en-scène. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018 Their composure no doubt comes from having been raised well and growing up around the couturier’s atelier. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 Soon after being taken under wing by the couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, Givenchy’s focus shifted from the youthful mix-and-match concept to purity of line and shape. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering the Fashion Figures We Lost in 2018," 3 Dec. 2018 When Hubert was 10, the family visited a Parisian fair, organized by the couturier Jeanne Lanvin, which included a display of fashions by Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and other designers. Eric Wilson, New York Times, "Hubert de Givenchy Dies at 91; Fashion Pillar of Romantic Elegance," 12 Mar. 2018 Since Dior’s death in 1957, six succeeding couturiers, in unbroken continuity, have evolved his historic House, reimagining and reinvigorating its founder’s iconic silhouettes. WSJ, "‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ Review: Timelessly Elegant, Yet Avant-Garde," 27 Nov. 2018 Fifty artists, couturiers, decorators, and industrial designers (in the making) crafted paper fashions and sculptures, 24 of which were selected by Pucci for the exhibition. Elizabeth Stamp, ELLE Decor, "Works of Paper," 7 Dec. 2010 One of France’s most famous couturiers in between the two World Wars, Patou was credited with popularizing the cardigan, inventing the tennis skirt and killing the flapper style. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 Turkish Airlines Just in time for the opening of Istanbul's new airport in late October, Turkish Airlines delivers a glam new line of staff uniforms designed by Italian couturier Ettore Bilotta. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 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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: a person or business that designs and makes clothes for women

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