Dress from today’s Valentino couture show made of 5,000 meters of silver and gold thread and 1,800 hours of craftsmanship!

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I never said he never designed couture. He was trained in haute couture from his time designing for Givenchy and their couture line, and he carried that technique and craftsmanship and applied it to ready-to-wear.

I’m in no way disputing that Alexander McQueen’s work is couture, in terms of skill and craft.
I was just referring to the technical/legal label of haute couture defined by the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris.
I just meant that Alexander McQueen didn’t/doesn’t technically have it’s own couture atelier line. Alexander McQueen blurred the line between couture and high end ready-to-wear with his fashion house and Sarah Burton is continuing this practice.

Burton said that she doesn’t envision adding a couture line because “We do so many collections, and I want each one to be special. There is always a lot done by hand, even for the pre-collection. I know this is not Paris couture, but in our humble way we are working towards it.”

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