Haute Historian. Fashion’s Club

January 9, 2008 • Fashion


Bonnie J. Brown for Second City Style Magazine

There are book clubs, glee clubs, chess clubs, country clubs, men’s
clubs, even math clubs. For every niche out there, there is a club to
go along with it. When it comes to fashion, however, the club every fashion elitist wants entre into is the world of haute couture. Yet, unlike your regular run of the mill club, a driving interest isn’t the only thing you’re going to need to get in; you’ll also need a pocket book big enough to get you access to the front row of fashion.
In order for you to be a “club member” you have to be the owner of
couture pieces, like those of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel or of John
Galliano for Christian Dior. With dresses costing millions of dollars
and requiring an average of 150 hours of working the materials, haute
couture has never been clothing, but wearable art.

It’s true, haute couture isn’t what it used to be. In its prime
Christian Dior was Dior and Coco Chanel was Chanel. Couture employed
more than 46,000 people and 100 fashion houses were considered to
design haute couture. Read more here

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