The young designers revolutionising – i-D

Haute couture: for some readers, those two words connote fashion’s most noble history, a proud bloodline stretching back 160 years, counting visionaries Charles Fredrick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grès, and Yves Saint Laurent among its members. To others, they’re simply words the Real Housewives use to boast about glitzy dresses. Either way, it’s a term that resonates with deeply felt cultural significance, even if what it really means is often seriously misunderstood. 

In fact, in order for a garment to officially qualify as haute couture (French for ‘high dressmaking’), it must be created at

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