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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The Cannes amfAR gala is a famously glittering affair, with top designers squiring actresses and supermodels in haute couture against the sensational backdrop of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc and the Mediterranean behind it. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Giambattista Valli is H&M’s New Designer Collaborator—And His Limited Edition Dresses Are Dropping This Saturday," 23 May 2019 The beauty shots capture all the austerity and eroticism of haute couture. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Elaborate Transformations in His Childhood Bedroom," 18 July 2019 The group was fascinated to learn more about the history of Chanel haute couture and were privileged to be given a preview of Ms. Viard’s first collection. Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, "Inside The Vogue100's Whirlwind Couture Week Tour," 9 July 2019 Many of us are far from being the authority on haute couture, but that isn't stopping the Internet from playing fashion police. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The Best Memes From the 2019 Met Gala," 6 May 2019 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

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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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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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