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A “Grand Couturier” is a “creator of original clothing models, feminine toilets, director of a haute couture house”.
Creations by a “Grand Couturier” is only for a female clientele and only in Paris. Haute couture can be referenced back as early as the 17th Century. Rose Bertin, the French fashion designer to Queen Marie Antoinette, can be credited for bringing fashion and haute couture to French culture.
Haute Couture is traditionally attributed to an idea of Mr. Worth in the 1850s. Before that time, sewing was only done by women. The term “Couturier” appears around 18707 then quickly, the term “Grand Couturier”.
Haute couture is a denomination regulated by the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture according to certain established rules. This chamber has the legal rights to attribute this denomination to creators. Only “Permanent Members” or “Corresponding Members” of the Chamber have the use of this term. The very use of the terms “couture” and “couturier” is regulated by a decision of March 18, 1943
A “Grand Couturier”must demonstrate that he contributes to the field of fashion under different aspects: influence, publications in the specialized press, etc.
A “Grand Couturier” is a designer, French or foreign, but practicing this activity exclusively in France. Some major foreign designers have one or more workshops in the capital to be in accordance with the standards of the Chambre syndicale.