Definition of haute couture in English:

haute couture

Line breaks: haute cou|ture
Pronunciation: /ˌəʊt kʊˈtjʊə


[mass noun]
  • 1Expensive, fashionable clothes produced by leading fashion houses: rails of haute couture
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    • Unlike haute couture, prêt-à-porter clothing isn't one of a kind.
    • Her dress, something between a medieval period costume and the latest haute couture, trailed behind her as the wind lifted it softly above the ground.
    • Despite the attempt by the forum to insist on casual dress, it is hard to part many businessmen from their suits, or their wives from their haute couture.
  • 1.1The designing and making of haute couture clothing: the champions of haute couture insist that it can be as visionary as any art form an elegant example of haute couture [as modifier]: an haute couture outfit
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    • Once the preserve of haute couture designers, London Fashion Week is embracing the clothing revolution by giving official recognition to the high street and supermarkets.
    • Born in Stockholm, Sweden, the artist trained for three years in design crafts and haute couture dressmaking and created one-off garments sold in boutiques in Stockholm.
    • Compared to Dior, Armani's haute couture is certainly a lot less dramatic, but there was certainly a more distinct difference between this collection and the normal RTW collections.


French, literally 'high dressmaking'.

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