July is filled with fashion inspiration and what better way to celebrate it than with Haute Couture! July marks the beginning of fashion week in Paris when all of Hollywood’s elite, biggest fashion designers and sales flock to the runways to get inspired for their next big collections!
So what’s the history behind Couture fashion week in Paris? Well, let’s roll back to the mid to late 1800’s and in steps Charles Fredrick Worth. Good ole Charlie, a books shop keeper turned dress boutique owner to leading fashioner of his times was the first to put clothes to a mannequin! Charlie founded the Chamber Syndical de la Haute Couture and lead the way on how to present Haute Couture to the rest of the world.
Charlie pioneered his way up the fashion chain and became the first big designer name of his time thus giving France the claim to fame “Fashion Capital of the World”.
Fast forward to 2006 and now only 3 big names still survive and own Haute Couture, so you ask, who would these names, be? Chanel, Dior and Givenchy. Most recently Yves Saint Laurent made a mark in the fashion industry and shook things up by adding a modern twist to Haunt Couture.
So there you have it my pretties, the history behind one of Fashions iconic week!