C’est fini.

C’est fini.



The golden age of haute couture: John Galliano’s Diorient express, autumn/winter 1998 Christian Dior haute couture.



Alexander McQueen’s winter 1999 haute couture collection for Givenchy, inspired by the execution of Lady Jane Grey as painted by Delacroix.



The Secret World of Haute Couture, a BBC documentary.

The “club” analogy is mildly irritating, but the story is fascinating. And the interviews are wonderful.



"Diosera," the new New Look, from John Galliano’s debut haute couture collection for Christian Dior, spring/summer 1997. Crocodile skirt, wool jacket with drawn thread work frayed details.

The entire first section of this show featured outfits with names playing on “Dior” to emphasise the link to the house. Including a rather clumsy “Gallidior”

23:04

A conversation with Jean Paul Gaultier… at least, a bit.

Is the idea of fantasy and fairytale important to the couture?

"Of course, but all creation is fantasy."

Against the clock in the Schiaparelli atelier at Place Vendôme, spring/summer 2014 haute couture collection

Against the clock in the Schiaparelli atelier at Place Vendôme, spring/summer 2014 haute couture collection

The flou atelier, working on spring 2012 Christian Dior haute couture

The flou atelier, working on spring 2012 Christian Dior haute couture

21:42

"Most people think that ‘couture’ means ‘expensive’… that’s just completely wrong. Yes, if you are buying something that is beaded from head to foot by Lesage, of course, it is expensive. But on the whole, it is no different to having a bespoke suit made on Savile Row."

Daphne Guinness

Label on a Balenciaga haute couture gown, circa 1963. Via WilliamVintage.

Label on a Balenciaga haute couture gown, circa 1963. Via WilliamVintage.

Autumn/winter 2013 by Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal

Autumn/winter 2013 by Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal

The ateliers of Givenchy, from a few years ago.

The ateliers of Givenchy, from a few years ago.