Haute couture is fashion constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, often unusual expensive fabric that is sewn with extreme attention and detail. This procedure consumes a lot of time a patience with hand- executed techniques. Couture from the French word means "dressmaking", but can also be referred to fashion, sewing and needlework. As for the French word Haute it means "high", in other words a haute couture garment is made for the client specific needs with the price being irrelevant and without a budget. Haute Couture can be referred back as early as the 1700's.
Rose Bertin, the French fashion designer to Queen Marie Antoinette, was the one to bring fashion and haute couture to the French culture. French leadership in European fashion continued into the 18th century, with influences from art, architecture, music and fashion of the French courts of Versailles were all across Europe. Visitors from Paris brought back garments that were designed by local Parisian dressmakers.
Charles Fredrick Worth, is widely considered to be the father of haute couture as it is known today. Born in England, he made his mark in the French fashion industry, revolutionizing how dressmaking has been previously perceived. Modernized haute couture shows are not designed to be made and sold, but just for display. The designs are now made for the publicity as well as perception and understanding the brand.