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I was thinking the same thing. The only reason I see why the Dolce's price is high is because they piled loads of crystals on it.
The crystals would have been hand-sewn on. Hence the six-figure price-tag.

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The tragedy of these beautiful things is the cost. But if you were an art collector there is no such tragedy.

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I can't fathom how YSL or Balenciaga could survive the recession with those prices.... yet they continue, seemingly unfazed.
Those are show pieces that either don't go into production at all, are made to order, or are done in limited quantity (maybe 4 or 5 made in total).

In the case of those D&G gowns yes, they're "just beaded", but the beadwork is of similar quality to the beadwork done for couture. I believe those gowns were beaded by Lesage. I'm almost positive that the colorful op-art ones from S/S 07 were as well.

I think the two most important distinctions to make between demi-couture and haute couture are;
  • haute couture is custom built to the clients body, demi couture isn't
  • haute couture is made mostly, if not entirely by hand (that means the sewing of seams, seam finishes, linings, pleats, tucks, drapes and all of the inner-workings that aren't even seen like interfacings, tapes, padding, boning, as well as the surface decoration). Demi-couture involves only partial handwork. Chances are that a lot of the basic construction is done by machine
So there are some rules about what makes something demi-couture. There has to be some kind of couture technique/workmanship involved.

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I would love to post some Balmain!

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One shoulder ruffle sequin mini dress € 10773.00

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embellished denim jeans € 6500.00
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^^I hardly consider Balmain demi-couture.

Embellishment does not constitute demi-cuture.

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i think the thread's getting out of hand.. just because there's a high price does not mean it's demi couture (and also embellishment, like dior_couture says)


and i think 6,000 lbs is not very much tbh...

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I agree. Let's side-line the price and concentrate on the quality of couture in pret-a-porter.

Giambattista Valli
A/W 09-10

The details of this, my favourite of all shows, have always taken my breath away - especially the detail of the arm-hole in the one large red fur-backed coat where it goes from seam into hem so crisply.






And this one, seemingly plain dress draws back to reveal a cascade of white scales.




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okay, IA with the Vallis. Balmain... not so much. if we'd consider Balmain's blue sequin nightmare Demi-Couture than Bedazzler-happy Frida would be churning out Demi-Couture season after season.

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Balenciaga Spring Summer 2009



Dress - £63,165 (Pleated Crinoline with Embroidered with Fringes of Transparent Pearls)

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2012



Dress - £28,000 (Printed Chiffon Bustier).

Under Skirt - £1,120 (Printed Chiffon and Lace)



Jacket - £6,355 (Pearl Embroidered)

Skirt - £7,475

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Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2009


I read somewhere that these dresses were only ever produced in 5 units per look and sold exclusively at Browns in London, and were sold on appointment only.






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