Haute Couture For Men, Do We Really Need It?
Haute Couture has become one of the most elitist way of any person to exploit themselves in the fashion world. Most of the clothes up until recently have been focused for women. From a designers perspective, it’s about showcasing your skills for all those to see. The unusual materials and unique cuttings are exquisite. Paris takes this very serious and has only two shows a year. The time, effort money and skill required is why men too are wanting to be involved.
The ‘petite histoire’ of Haute Couture is arranged and organised by none other than its founder, The Fédération Française de la couture, du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode (English: French Federation of Fashion and of Ready-to-Wear of Couturiers and Fashion Designers). The selected designers are already members and proved their worth well and truly before they even enter the shows. Haute Couture is fashion extreme at its best, the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is fashion that is constructed by hand (without the use of sewing machines and sergers/overlockers.
Are Men Ready for this?
In the last few years we are noticing menswear lines slowly emerging into Haute Couture. In fact history proves itself that men in the past were wearing this. Hence more so than ever, men’s mindsets are changing. In this decade, men think about dressing up well. Men are seeking and needing some exclusivity towards fashion. Haute Couture for men is about being noticed and feeling special.
The haute couture clothes worn by some men are for the courage’s gentlemen who are wanting to express their artistic flamboyant personality. It’s sole purpose is for ‘avant-garde’ to be worn with in its appropriate context. Fashion parties and exclusive luxury events for very few to ever experience let alone see.
Hence for me this is a trend that is long time over due and one that will increasingly be intimidating for some men.
Jean Paul Gaultier – Paris Designer
Atelier Gustavolins – French Fashion