A Comparison of Haute Couture and Mass Fashion
Fashion is a broad aesthetic term in a given time and geographical location and in a given context, particularly in clothes, shoes, accessories, hairstyle, body proportions, makeup, and personal style. The meaning of fashion changes with time. “Fashionable” was used in the early twentieth century to refer to fashionable articles of clothing. The word “fashions” was first used in a broader sense to describe a range of culture-related behaviors and ideas (e.g., for Westerners, the ideal of high social status and material comfort). “Fashionable,” in this narrower sense, includes items that are considered fashionable for the time and place of their creation, regardless of their culture or social context.
In most of Europe, fashion is often discussed as an attitude. The fashion of the moment is referred to as haute couture, a term that originally appeared in the journal Femen in 1942. Haute couture is thought to have started in Paris in the 1920s and spread throughout Europe. Parisian designers are called fashion designers; they usually come from haute couture families. High-end fashion houses like Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and L’Oreal make a lot of their clothing products in Paris.
Haute couture designers create clothes for women, for men, for teens, for infants and children, for businesspeople, and for society. Their clothing can be utilitarian and/or fashionable; sometimes it depends on who is wearing it. Clothes designed by designers can be worn in public as everyday clothes and then modified with accessories for more formal occasions. Sometimes they are displayed as a collectible, but most commonly they are worn and displayed as simple clothes.
The word “fashion” comes from a combination of two words: “fait” meaning poor quality and “chiffon”, which means cloth of very high quality. In the late nineteenth century, when the word “fashions” first appeared, it referred only to lower-class clothing available for the lower classes. The fashion industry has grown so large that it now includes upper-class fashions, which are often much more expensive than lower-class fashions. Even though most people think of fashion when they think of dress, the term is used to refer to the entire process of designing and creating clothes.
In order to distinguish between lower-class fashions and upper-class fashions, designers usually differentiate between haute couture and mass fashion. Haute couture refers to unique, original, one-of-a-kind creations made especially for a designer’s individual taste. Mass fashion, on the other hand, is any clothing manufactured by using factory machines. Many fashions of the late eighteen to early twenty-first century were created using the new techniques of mass production that were invented in the nineteenth century by factories with the assistance of scientists.
Although there are many similarities between haute couture and mass fashion, there are also some major differences as well. One of the most noticeable differences is the price. Haute couture clothing can be very expensive, especially if the designer is known for producing very exclusive and one-of-a-kind clothes. Due to this high cost, only the very elite of society are able to purchase these exclusive clothes. There are also many designers who only make their clothes available to the elite of society. These designers are not considered “mainstream,” and their fashion collections are not seen in local stores or marketed through television commercials.