Friday, May 20, 2011

Haute Couture Trivia

To qualify as haute couture, how many new designs must a couture house produce each year?

(a) 25
(b) 50
(c) 100
(d) 500

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Answer: (c) 100

The Chambre Syndicale, which sets strict rules for what can be considered haute couture, requires 50 original designs twice each year.  Because of such guidelines and changes in the world of fashion, the number of couture houses dwindled to fewer than 10 by the early 2000s.  At their peak, in the 1950s, there were more than 30 houses.

Come back later to see our Fashion Friday feature!

xo Ceilidh

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