haute couture

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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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 Rather, the dress was rumored to be designed by Ralph & Russo, a rumor fueled in early May by the Royal School of Needlework which posted a tweet highlighting the fact that Ralph & Russo's haute couture atelier team was visiting. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything That Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Had in Common with Meghan Markle's," 12 Oct. 2018 Rather, haute couture is considered the highest form of fashion, and the designs are highly complicated creations that often seem better suited for a sci-fi movie or art museum. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "Paris haute couture: A lesson in looking at fashion with wonder — and not taking it too seriously," 13 July 2018 Coming in at the number four spot was Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Spring 2018 Valentino haute couture show. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 5 Most Trending Runway Shows of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 No word yet as to whether Duchess Meghan’s second, slinky wedding dress, designed by Stella McCartney, will join the haute couture ensemble on display. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Meghan Markle’s wedding dress may be displayed at Windsor Castle," 21 Aug. 2018 Hubert de Givenchy, a French designer whose fashions influenced haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s and transformed his close friend, actress Audrey Hepburn, into a style legend, died March 10 at 91. Megan Mcdonough, Washington Post, "Hubert de Givenchy, French clothing designer who transformed Audrey Hepburn into a style legend, dies at 91," 12 Mar. 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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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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