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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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 Why this matters is more important now than ever: There's a longstanding assumption that haute couture clients are European, Russian, or Middle Eastern. refinery29.com, "A Jolt Of Diversity At Haute Couture — & Why It Matters," 6 July 2018 Billboards rise high above the streets, advertising haute couture or exclusive real estate, or bearing the unsmiling likeness of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 The haute couture is offered alongside a menu that is also made to measure. Max Vadukul, Town & Country, "A Very Merry Band: When Fashion Meets the Feast," 28 Nov. 2017

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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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