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 Created by hairstylist Bob Recine, the damp-look style evoked Moss’s wet-finish hair at Fendi’s haute couture spring/summer 2021 show, where artistic director Kim Jones sent an array of supermodels down the runway with Venetian mermaid hair. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 29 Apr. 2022 Peltz, 27, donned a classic haute couture wedding gown with a sleeveless square neckline and a cathedral-length train, complemented with an equally long French lace veil and matching gloves. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 11 Apr. 2022 The Miss Congeniality star stepped out wearing an ombre pink floral gown from Elie Saab’s spring 2022 haute couture collection with a pair of thigh-high leather boots from Italian brand Le Silla. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 22 Mar. 2022 The non-profit Renaissance Project helps people from marginalized communities, with limited access to the regular job market, through haute couture sewing training. Fawnia Soo Hoo, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2022 Her attire, never off the cuff, is a study of style, class and 1960s haute couture. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Mar. 2022 This weekend, Peltz nailed the minimalist aesthetic in a custom Valentino haute couture wedding gown with a sleeveless square neckline and a cathedral-length train, complemented with an equally long French lace veil and matching gloves. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 11 Apr. 2022 Stars sauntered in sequins, hoofed it in haute couture and posed in polished ensembles. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 Whether all this makes a difference depends on whether investing in sustainable fashion will in fact become viable for the average person—a $158 tech-enabled top doesn’t exactly qualify as haute couture, but that’s not chump change either. Nina Wolpow, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Haute couture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haute%20couture. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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