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The Secret World of Haute Couture

Is haute couture now an art form as valuable as any masterpiece? Haute couture is an exclusive and privileged art form. It refers to hand-crafted garments that are tailored for a small and specialised clientele. In this must see documentary, Margy Kinmonth takes a journey from Paris to New York and California to meet both designers and customers creating and wearing haute…

The History of Haute Couture

Haute Couture refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is high-end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality,  often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. In 1858 Charles Frederick Worth, an English tailor, used the term ‘fashion…

Choosing Your Wedding Dress

Choosing your wedding dress is a magical experience and one that you will cherish for a lifetime! Here are some tips from Netta BenShabu for choosing the perfect dress and leaving your groom speechless when he sees you! Be sure to plan ahead. Make sure you know your timeline of when you need to start looking for your dress as…

The Dressmaker

We love when haute couture is featured in great films. The movie The Dressmaker, based on Rosalie Ham’s best selling novel, is a must see for every haute couture lover!   A glamorous woman (starring Kate Winslet) returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. …

Netta BenShabu 2017 Collection Inspiration

  Netta BenShabu drew her inspiration for her 2017 collection from the intricate designs of wild flowers and seashells. Each is apparent in the embroidery and texture of her dresses. The collection campaign was photographed in an exotic location at the south of Portugal to pair with the inspirational theme. A Wildflower is described as “a flower growing where it…