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Describes the practice, craft, and business of fashionable custom-made women's clothing, especially in Paris where a couture house is registered as such with the Chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne. This practice originated in Paris in the course of the 19th century, and is characterized by the utilization of high quality materials, and half-yearly or quarterly collections of original designs of garments.
Accepted term: 15-Jul-2024