Definition of couture in English:

couture

Line breaks: cou|ture
Pronunciation: /kuːˈtjʊə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements: designer ready-to-wear has taken over from couture as the focus of interest [as modifier]: London couture houses
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    • Instead, they focus on designing true couture clothing for their clients who have very active social lives, but also hold important professional day jobs and are fashion-forward in their thinking.
    • It also didn't hurt that his couture leanings elevated the designs to new heights of cool and desirability.
    • His collection brought a mythic feel to his couture creations.
  • 1.1Fashionable made-to-measure clothes: they were dressed in size eight printed-silk couture
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    • That was the postwar fashion structure; couture was actually for older women who could afford to buy it, and a lot of it was too risqué for them - all that flesh in your face.
    • This site is based on the concept of ‘tribes’ - groups with a shared, central interest, from couture clothing to cigars.
    • Social change was documented through the fashion pages, and '50s couture gave way to mini skirts and trouser suits, which in turn gave way to kaftans and kimonos.

Origin

1920s: French, 'sewing, dressmaking'.

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