As the once-moribund realm of haute couture enjoys renewed interest, and as the world of ready-to-wear already encompasses some of the most luxurious and fanciful clothing anywhere (fast fashion notwithstanding), one can’t help but wonder what exactly is the difference between the two crafts.
A new exhibition in Belgium examines the modern relationship between couture and ready-to-wear, and the cross-pollination between them. A selection of standout silhouettes and accessories from a variety of designers and houses — from Chanel and Valentino to Dries Van Noten and Viktor & Rolf — is on view for the marveling masses. In the internet age, these are pieces that must be seen in person to appreciate their full glory.
Haute-à-Porter, April 2 – September 11, 2016, Modemuseum Hasselt, Belgium