Haute Couture Analysis

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Introduction Haute couture is, quite rightly, regarded as other-worldly; it maintains a glamour and mystery no celebrity has yet managed to ruin. This is largely because only lack of interest can kill haute couture: no technological advance can dilute it, as it can with ready-to-wear fashion. Designers had to custom fit their clients and are required to show a small number of designs twice a year in a private show. Born in Granville, France in 1907 Christian Dior is a world recognized name when talking about the premier world of French haute couture. Dior apprenticed under Lucien Lelong for the first half of this career, before taking control of his ‘personal ambition’ (Dior, 2007) and under the wing of textile heavyweight Marcel Boussac he opened his own fashion house. Although initially apprehensive about leaving the ‘safe haven’ that Lelong offered him, Dior’s fame skyrocket when he showcased his first collection, ‘La Ligne Corolle’ (Wilcox, 2009) in 1947. Dior’s work became a sensation. Carmel Snow, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in New York, at the time, christened his collection with a name that would be considered one of the most monumental turning points in fashion history…show more content…
Dior’s ‘Bar suit’ embodied this principle because although it contained numerous underpinning, a garment worn underneath clothes to support or strengthen a desired silhouette, in the form of under wired bustier, a tight fitting strapless top, and griddles, a woman’s expandable corset that extended from the waist to thigh, they were made of tulle and horsehair. Such fabrics and material were soft and were noticeably more comfortable than the metal corset used during the 80s. Along with Dior’s use of padding and pockets at the hips, emphasized the hourglass silhouette without losing the ease of movement that women

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