"Haute couture" translates from French to English as 'high sewing or 'high dressmaking'. In reality it means so much more! A Haute Couture piece is one that has been exclusively made and custom-fit to a person. Haute couture pieces fall into the definition of "high fashion". A haute couture piece is constructed by hand from start to finish. It's components will be of the highest quality and a piece's construction demonstrates extreme attention to detail and hand-finishing by the most experienced dressmakers. "Couture" is commonly used as an abbreviation of haute couture with 'Haute' literally meaning "high". An haute couture garment is always crafted for an individual with the creator tailoring it specifically to the individuals measurements and shape. A piece of haute couture vintage is a piece of fashion history and craftsmanship and an investment piece!