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Introduction to Couture

Zoya Nudelman

Source: The Art of Couture Sewing, 2nd Edition, 2016, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Today the center of couture is still in France, and each house spends millions each year to show its collections to the world twice a year. Each show is so grand it becomes almost a theatrical production. The shows attract important publicity on TV and in newspapers, magazines, and blogs on the Internet, helping the couture houses survive. The most popular designs from the shows are quickly copied into mass-produced clothing at all price levels.

Bertin, Rose

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Marie Antoinette is remembered as a woman preoccupied with fashion. In fact, before she met Bertin, she was not considered particularly well dressed. Bertin was not Marie Antoinette’s only marchande de modes; the task of clothing the queen was far too demanding for just one person, and Bertin had hundreds of other clients to accommodate. But no other marchande de modes enjoyed such easy access to the queen or to the royal purse. Thus, Rose Bertin and Marie Antoinette were inextricably linked in t

The Dynamics of Fashion in West Europe

Bo Lönnqvist

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Fashion in Europe can be defined as a cultural phenomenon since about 1500. Sociological definitions of fashion have emphasized collective and individualistic processes, expressed in such notions as: leaders and adherents, court fashion, bourgeois fashion and social class, fashion restrictions, and mass fashion. All can be found in West Europe, where modern fashion originated. Social change, reflected in changing fashions, has been closely connected with cultural change. Sumptuary laws promulgate

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