haute couture

noun
haute cou·​ture | \ ˌōt-ku̇-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce haute couture (audio) \

Definition of haute couture

: the houses or designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting fashions for women also : the fashions created

Examples of haute couture in a Sentence

a fashion designer who's a renowned master of haute couture

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The supplier to haute couture houses like Dior, Brochier Soieries is also known for its exclusive reprints of famous artwork. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Food Lovers Should Visit Lyon This Fall," 11 June 2019 At Black Rock’s May 26 launch party, guests dressed in an eclectic mix of traditional Senegalese robes, Western haute couture and African inspired designs, danced around the compound’s infinity pool, which appeared to drip right into the ocean. Annika Hammerschlag, Quartz Africa, "Obama’s portrait painter is making a bet on African artists with a Dakar residency program," 4 June 2019 Although unimaginable in 2019, there was once a dedicated Dior haute couture outpost in Caracas—though Neiman-Marcus in Dallas was the only American venue. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "“Dior: From Paris to the World” Opens at the Dallas Museum of Art," 23 May 2019 The outfit is actually a callback to famous black and white photo of a model wearing one of Christian Dior's haute couture creations in the '40s. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "People Are Freaking Out Over Elle Fanning's Cannes Film Festival 2019 Fashion," 22 May 2019 The Chanel ambassador, clan in an archive dress from Karl Lagerfeld’s fall 2013 haute couture collection, took a second on the red carpet to make a statement of her own. refinery29.com, "Kristen Stewart Reminds Us Cannes Still Has An Outdated Dress Code," 15 May 2018 Last month during the haute couture in Paris, Viard emerged from backstage without Lagerfeld to acknowledge the crowd at the end of the show. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Secret Weapon, Succeeds Him at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019 Gemma Chan The stylish breakout star of Crazy Rich Asians, Gemma Chan, stunned in an eye-catching Valentino haute couture gown complete with a thigh-high slit and dramatic train. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 This century-old family run business still makes handmade, haute couture sheets today. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of haute couture

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haute couture

French, literally, high sewing

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The first known use of haute couture was in 1908

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haute couture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haute couture

somewhat formal : the people and companies that create clothes that are very expensive and fashionable also : the clothes they create

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