Haute Couture of kids clothing

By | January 11, 2017

When a fashion stylist starts a collection of styles, they are made up and modelled for an carefully selected audience. The same holds true for clothing made for children. An individual may then have a specific style made up specially. This is often rather like bespoke tailoring where the clothing is ‘made-to-{measure|fit}’. The same style may he created up for other clients too, but each one is manufactured to fit the particular person. Each one is for that reason unique. The price of these unique clothes is very high and this makes it impossible that many people will be seen wearing them. However, most girls do not like to discover that someone else has a dress {|just like|the same as} theirs, especially when they’ve paid a lot for it. This is particularly true with superstars, so some houses, especially in Paris, will refuse to make up a style a second time when an important client has already bought it.

How couture was created

In the 19th century, there were high-class dressmakers and court dressmakers for the upper classes and royals and their children. They made and copied clothing designs from Europe’s rich and famous but they never really originated the styles. The most original garments were theatrical in style, worn by flamboyant individuals who moved in aristocratic groups. Their dressmakers made clever use of the fabric weavers’ craft, by using silk or lace, or other fabric highly valued for its elegance.

An English man from Yorkshire was to change all this. Charles Worth, who had some experience in the drapery field, and had been working in Paris, set up his own design and dressmaking establishment there in 1854. He turned the business upside down. Instead of copying what was the mood of the day by sending sketches with fabric swatches or samples to his customers, he produced a collection of made-up samples that have been shown to customers, either individually or in little groups, on live models. This idea was dramatically fresh. Not only had he conceived the idea of the fashion show, but also he had learned the art of selling a dream to women. The clients, whether younger, old, fat or thin, could imagine themselves wearing the clothing and looking like the models, however unlikely that was in reality! Many other young couturiers implemented in his footsteps, and also copied his example of selling to foreign trade buyers. Today, couture is still a thriving business, but not for quite identical reasons as before. The licensing deals on related items and perfumes are now the main source of profit.