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 So naturally, the Spring 2021 haute couture collection followed suit with 45 looks that bring the cards to life and forecast a paranormal future that anyone would want to be part of. Sydney Gore, Vogue, "Tarot As a Tool for Our Times," 27 Jan. 2021 The collections were mostly pre-fall—though Dolce & Gabbana showed haute couture, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Brandon Maxwell showed their spring collections and Balenciaga showed its fall collection. Jenny Hartman And Alexander Fisher, WSJ, "From Chanel to Dolce & Gabbana, the 18 Best Fashion Looks of December," 30 Dec. 2020 Armed with a laptop and a Zoom connection, Abrams is shooting behind the scenes, revealing all the details and glamour of haute couture. Hunter Abrams, Vogue, "Couture Goes Zoom! Behind the Scenes at the Spring 2021 Haute Couture Shows," 25 Jan. 2021 The organizers of Paris Fashion Week plan to hold audience-free men's and haute couture shows later this month. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Milan opens 1st fashion week with no VIP guests due to virus," 15 Jan. 2021 Chiu's Instagram feed is an incredible tribute to her love of haute couture. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "Who Is Christine Chiu on Netflix's 'Bling Empire'?," 15 Jan. 2021 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

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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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17 Feb 2021

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“Haute couture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haute%20couture. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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haute couture

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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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