Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2015 – Paris & Rome

Originally posted on CashinMyBag.com.

By Rachel Small

Last week, iconic fashion houses such as Dior, Chanel, Versace, and Valentino debuted their Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2015 fashion lines in Paris and Rome.

Often recognized as the modern fashion capital of the world, over the last few centuries, Paris has garnered the reputation as being a breeding ground for cultivating the newest, most popular, and lucrative form of artistic innovation. Whether fostering the 19th-century impressionist movement – which catapulted the works of painters like Claude Monet and Pierre Auguste Renoir into the permanent fine art canon – or the early 20th-century expatriate American writer era – featuring authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway – Paris has a certain je ne sais quoi of blending high art with celebrity and commercialism. Fashion designers, especially by separating their Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter lines, master this formula seamlessly.Haute Couture construction and design takes incredible artistic ability and vision. The process is very time-consuming, detail-oriented, and takes specialized sewing talent

Haute Couture construction and design takes incredible artistic ability and vision. The process is very time-consuming, detail-oriented, and takes specialized sewing talent since all the pieces are hand sewn.

Paris Fashion Week designers are more than aware of fashion’s tentative place in the art world – they derive inspiration from and pay homage to the artistic powerhouses of the past in their lines, arguably to place their work in the same avant-garde category. This year, Dior once again showed their Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2015 fashion line at the Musée Rodin – a Parisian museum dedicated to the works of sculptor Auguste Rodin and other Paris-based artists. The show itself was decorated with Monet or even Pointillism-esque stain glass panels.

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Image from Dior’s Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2015 in Paris, France.

The art world has already started to acknowledge Haute Couture as museum-worthy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC features various contemporary Haute Couture pieces – like the pictured dress by Alexander McQueen – in the Costume Institute of their collection.

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Image from Savage Beauty’s promotional imagery.

Fashion design is not just about making what can sell or what can be worn every day, but it is about what can be imagined and what can be created by artistic innovation and ability. The work by high-fashion designers might end up surpassing its self-imposed seasonal relevance and carve a niche for itself among classical masterpieces as wearable art.

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Image from Valentino Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2015 show in Rome, Italy.

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