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Fashion is a term used in relation to the latest and the most admired style in clothes, dresses, garments, textiles, cosmetics, etc. Fashion design is not restricted to fads, which is generally known as the current look or street wear. Technically all clothing created for a purpose is fashion design. It is often and wrongly perceived that fashion design is restricted to high fashion and label names. Fashion Design grew from serving a practical purpose to a recognized form of art.
Modern fashion design is roughly divided into two categories
Haute Couture and
Prêt-a-Porter.

Haute Couture
The term "haute couture" is French and it means "high" or "elegant." Couture literally means sewing, or high dressmaking but it indicates the business of designing, creating, and selling custom-made, high fashion women`s clothes. In 1858, Charles Frederic Worth created the first Couture House near the Opera in Paris. The idea behind Haute Couture is an attitude of unlimited creativity where the quality of the art and artistry of a garment is unparalleled. Haute couture collections are primarily produced in Paris but also in other fashion capitals such as New York, London, and Milan. Only a few Houses currently meet the Haute Couture requirements, which include brands like Chanel, Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Versace, Armani and Gucci. Some new members are also in the list like Jean Paul, John Galliano, Valentino and Gianni, Moschino, Escada Louis Feraud, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Leonardi Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Sergio Rossi, Dunhill, DKNY, Brooks Brothers among others.
Prêt-a-Porter
It is the French word for the term "Ready to Wear". Ready-to-wear or prêt-à-porter is the fashion design term for clothing marketed in a finished condition, in standard clothing sizes. This refers to most high-end fashion designers. Ready-to-Wear clothing is often more practical and informal, though these things are not always the case. Designers producing ready-to-wear lines generally present a collection each season during a period known as Fashion Week. Collections for fall are shown early in the year, usually around February, and spring collections shown around September. Ready-to-wear collections can also be divided into designers/creator collections and Confection collections.
Confection collections are the ones we see most commonly in our shops.
Designer/creator collections have a high quality, a superb finish and a unique cut and design.

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