haute couture

noun
haute cou·​ture | \ˌōt-ku̇-ˈtu̇r \

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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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 For fall 2018, Maria Grazia Chiuri of Christian Dior revealed a haute couture collection of dreamy dresses. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Here's a Live Stream of Christian Dior’s Spring 2019 Show," 24 Sep. 2018 This piece made waves in 2000 when John Galliano sent it down the Dior haute couture runway. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "10 things to see at the Met’s 'Heavenly Bodies' exhibit, and what to know before you go," 9 May 2018 The boatneck haute couture gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy was so understated and elegant. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "The 7 Best Black Joy Moments at the Royal Wedding," 20 May 2018 The fall 2018 haute couture shows took place this week in Paris, France. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "What Paris Couture and Jonathan Franzen Have in Common," 6 July 2018 Here are some highlights of the last day of haute couture week fall-winter displays. Washington Post, "Standing ovation at Valentino caps Paris couture week," 4 July 2018 Couturiers Went High After seasons of nonstop talk about streetwear and athleisure, haute couture for men suddenly became the topic du jour in Paris. Vogue, "The 11 Menswear Moments That Mattered From the Spring 2019 Season," 26 June 2018 Peeping through diamond strands hanging off your head to see haute couture is super inconvenient. Devon Abelman, Allure, "EXO's Kai Brought K-Pop Style to Gucci Cruise With This Stunning, Veil-Like Headband," 31 May 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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haute couture

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English Language Learners Definition of haute couture

: the people and companies that create clothes that are very expensive and fashionable; also : the clothes they create

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