Haute Couture vs Prêt-à-porter

The two terms are usually used in the fashion world. However, little we know about such difference.

Haute Couture or High Fashion represents expensive and exclusive clothing for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming and hand-executed techniques.

Not every fashion designer can produce the couture collection. They have to get an official permission from the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture, which is based in Paris. According to the agreement, designers have to show their collections twice a year and not less than 35 outfits in one collection. That rule makes the Couture collection more desirable.

An evening dress can cost around 40,000 dollars and a suit not much less. Most of the clients are celebrities or royal families or very rich people. Experts estimate that there are no more than 300 clients for the clothes.

I chose some of Dior Haute Couture:



Prêt-à-porter or Ready-to-wear are clothing made in standard sizes. Traditionally, they are made for ordinary people. These collections are aimed to satisfy the demands of masses. Of course, the material and the intensity of labor of the ready-to-wear collections are much more moderate than the couture collections. Hence, the price are more approachable to the mass media.

Almost each Fashion house produces ready-to-wear collections. They bring a lot of money and clients, because of a quicker and bigger volume turnover, also, they cost less and many people can afford them. In the meantime, they look adorable as well. Ready-to-wear clothing is casual, informal and practical that you can wear it daily.

I chose Oscar de la Renta (the first two pictures) and Dior Prêt-à-porter: