Answer: Haute Couture means translated nothing but ‘High sewing’ but it applies actually to custom-fitted clothing using not only high quality matter and designs but straining usually on the originality of the latter. In this it diffrentiates itself from the ‘pret-a porter’ that this does not make custom-fitted clothing.
Apparently the question arose around 1975 whether there was any future left to Haute Couture seen the pressure made by the pret-a-porter tendency. For more information on the subject see video in YouTube on Yves Saint Laurent’s second ‘defile’ where the question is asked to Edmonde de Chateau-Roux. I don’t know what happened after, but it is an evidence that silk became plastic very often and high quality design was substituted by common ones.
For more information even:
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Haute couture (French for « high sewing » or « high dressmaking »; IPA: ) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted fashions. It originally referred to French fashion and in France, is a « protected name » that can be used only by firms that meet certain well-defined standards. However, the term is also used loosely to comprise all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, whether it is produced in Paris or in other fashion capitals such as New York, London, and Milan.
If you want a specific translation from babylon, enter in Google: translate+word+babylon (it’s not always excessively accurate.)