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Haute Couture

Alexandra Palmer

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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A couturier’s design was usually first created in inexpensive muslin, called a toile, so as to perfect the design, cut, and fit. These toilesrecord the exact cut and sewing techniques, and include samples of the inter-linings, linings, and fabric required in the final garment. Paper patterns were also used to replicate designs.

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