Giambattista Valli's Couture Collections are always on the top of my list. No wonder why... The retro feeling, the girly essence, the full skirts, the ruffles, the flowers and those head pieces really blew my mind...
According to WhoWhatWear's article "Every Question About Haute Couture You've Had But Were Too Afraid to Ask":
> Some pieces take upwards of 700 hours to create, as each piece is handsewn, and many of the creations have incredibly intricate details.
> Daywear usually starts at around $10,000, and the price of evening pieces skyrockets from there
> There are an estimated 2,000 female customers globally. The original buyers were French socialites, but these days many buyers hail from Russia, China, and the Middle East.
> Couture is a long-term investment that is less about seeing profit from purchases than it is about creating and maintaining brand image and raising the designer’s profile.
Still, a girl can dream...
Read the entire article here. It is very well written and points out some very interesting aspects of high fashion.
Photos via Style & DustJacket. Collages by me...