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
Recent Examples on the Web Williams’s sense of theater creates interesting possibilities for haute couture. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "How Matthew M. Williams Is Refreshing Givenchy: Behind-The-Scenes of His First Collection," 4 Oct. 2020 This summer, in a leafy, wooded area near Utrecht, the Netherlands, scientists were testing out battlefield haute couture: adaptive camouflage. Nicholas Wallace, Science | AAAS, "Europe hopes new R&D fund will boost meager defense capabilities and create opportunities for science," 8 Dec. 2020 In the past, brands invited to the official couture schedule, managed by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, have met some of the rigorous standards applied to haute couture. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Trio of Unexpected Guest Designers Joins Paris’s Haute Couture Schedule," 2 Dec. 2020 Viard vividly remembers her first Chanel show, a campy Karl Lagerfeld haute couture extravaganza staged in the late 1980s that she was taken to as a treat by the father of a family friend. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Virginie Viard, the Woman Behind Chanel’s New Chapter," 24 Nov. 2020 Mohamed combines her heritage and Minnesota upbringing to produce custom bridal gowns, luxury wear and haute couture. Bruno Povejsil, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities designer Rammy Mohamed makes fashion — and a statement," 23 Nov. 2020 The photograph captures the magic of haute couture in homogenous, attenuated glory. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The creative mind behind Valentino believes we all need beauty now — even if we can’t afford it.," 16 Nov. 2020 Piccioli’s haute couture show was wholly different. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The creative mind behind Valentino believes we all need beauty now — even if we can’t afford it.," 16 Nov. 2020 Bolton says the haute couture look serves as a sign of hopefulness for ideas of sustainability, community, and togetherness to transform the fashion of the future. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Everything to Know About The Met’s “About Time: Fashion and Duration” Exhibition," 26 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Dec 2020

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“Haute couture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haute%20couture. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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haute couture

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How to pronounce haute couture (audio)

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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