Last week the haute couture shows in Paris ended. But the question that is still circling in my head is: is there any sense, that in the middle of a global financial crisis, a designer would present a collection with a price tag between $ 10,000 and $ 9.000.000. It reminds me of the Scott Henshall diamond-encrusted dress worn by Samantha Mumba to the 2004 premiere of Spiderman II ? And in my opinion, it was a horrible dress!
The fact is, that the number of couture houses has decreased considerably over the 20th century, from 106 in 1946 to a mere 18 in 2000.. By 2004, there were only 9 high-ranking couture houses: Chanel, Versace, Valentino, Dior, Givenchy, Gaultier, Lacroix, Mori, Sirop, Scherrer, and Torrente. However, the listing has been in considerable flux in recent years.
And how is couture intrinsically linked to the work of craftsmen. A decade ago Chanel bought six of the most revered couture ateliers in the world, Lesage (master embroiders), Lemarie (specialist in feathers), Massaro (shoe makers), Goossens (goldsmiths), Desrues (costume jewelers), Maison Michel (milliners), and Guillet (creator of fabric flowers), to ensure that the craft of haute couture could continue in the modern era.
Talking about Chanel, it is always a dream to see their haute couture…my dear and desired brand. And Valentino was breathtaking. Take a look.
Chanel (click on the pic to see slide show)