Is Haute Couture still relevant in today's fashion industry?
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Join Date: Sep 2005
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In class we learned that the government does pays for the haute couture houses. And couture will never die out because haute couture help promote chanel/dior/givenchy/lacroix etc. it is also another way for designers to advertise thier rtw other lines brand names. but like other post said they never make enough money to hold on thier own. and some people come to paris JUST to see the couture shows etc..
you're right, the French government see it as part of the culture (which it is!) and wants to protect the industry, therefore they pay the expenses for French Couture Houses. Good on them.
Generally I dont think enough importance is placed on fashion today... strange thing to say, but people still believe that fashion is frivolous, even though we all wear clothes... and clothes have a huge social implication. True quality is such a rare thing, its important that couture lives on in order to set the highest of standards and gives us something to aspire to.
I spoke to someone today about the waste issue... for some reason I thought that Couture created a lot of waste... maybe because we associate extravagance with waste (?) ...anyway, she pointed out that there is no waste in Couture, its actually very economical with materials since only what is needed is produced. Its the rag trade ..and the Primark end of the market that creates all the waste and encourages a throw away society...
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