Charles Frederick Worth is widely considered to be the founding father of what we know as haute couture today. In French, haute couture simply translates into high-end fashion, but today it’s come to mean so much more. These exquisite pieces of clothing, once reserved for the wealthy and aristocratic, are now considered the ultimate in bespoke and tailor-made garments.
Various designers have since followed in Worth’s footsteps, most notably Paul Poiret, Vionnet and Jean Patou, as well as those with fashion houses that still exist today, such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior. While in today’s context, haute couture is still known as highly tailored, custom-fitted fashion, it is also known for its creativity, intricacy and detailing, all of which can be seen during Couture week in paris.
With that in mind, we look at the 10 most dazzling shows presented during the recently completed Couture shows.