Haute Couture status is quite the coup in the fashion world, so when a storied brand makes the grade, heads turn. On December 16, 2016 the long-standing fashion house Schiaparelli—founded in 1927, closed in 1954, then relaunched in 2013—joined the couture club. “Today, Schiaparelli’s unique spirit of Haute Couture merging art, innovation, craftsmanship, quality and audacity enters a new chapter of its story,” the brand shared in a statement.
The roster of couture houses is made up of fifteen labels, which are only credited when they meet the strict requirements of the French Couture Federation. Joining the likes of Dior and Chanel, Julien Fournié was also included in the new roll call of couture fashion houses, as reported by WWD.
Haute Couture translates as “high sewing” or “high dressmaking” and is indicative of the upper echelons of the luxury fashion market. To meet the standards of the Fédération Française de la Couture, establishments like Elie Saab Haute Couture––and now Schiaparelli––must check essential boxes, such as offering exclusive fittings for private clients, running a full-time workshop in Paris with over twenty staff, and presenting two collections a year at the January and July couture shows. With the new couture season just around the corner, expect an expanded offering of cinematic, floor-sweeping dresses.
Haute Couture Fashion Week takes place between January 22 – January 26 in Paris. Check back to Vogue Arabia for all the runway coverage.