- Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
- Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
- Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear. (Some design houses seem exempt from this rule.)
- There must a Flou (flowy, evening dresses, usually) and a Tailleur (tailored, suitings) Department with Directrices or Directors heading those departments.
There are only an estimated 500-1000 clients in the entire world who order Haute Couture on a regular basis. But now, the numbers are actually going up with increased millionaires and multimillionaires--as well as new billionaires--in emerging Haute Couture markets such as India, China, Russia and Brazil. In terms of prices: an Haute Couture suit can set you back around $40,000+ and evening gowns $60,000- $200,000+.
Now let's get to the latest Dior Haute Couture Collection:
Full Skirted Tea Party: Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012 Credit: Getty ImagesThe ever-so-fabulous Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune said this of the Dior Haute Couture Collection that was just unveiled earlier today in Paris: "The collection by Bill Gaytten, Mr. Galliano’s right hand for his entire career, was way ahead of the previous couture show, which was a romp that looked as if it had been done by a bunch of art college kids". So, I guess, that was a positive review--of sorts, especially from the biting and always very honest Menkes.
Click Below for the Entire Runway Video of Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012: Part One: Part Two: