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Couture | French Knot Couture

Colleen is busy creating her line of couture dresses!  We will add them here as they become available.

When you choose our couture service, your dress will be made as a bespoke project.  Through a series of private appointments Colleen will measure you, create a muslin of your design, and ultimately finish the dress for a perfect fit.  Please allow a minimum of 6 months to receive your finished dress.

Silvery Moon Dress


Silvery Moon is a couture tea length dress made from silver silk shantung.  The strapless bodice is fully beaded in an intricate floral pattern.

The dress features an inner corselet, fully boned with spiral steel boning, foam cups and a silk lining.  This dress closes in back with hand-covered buttons and a zipper in the skirt.  Colleen has incorporated a petticoat inside the skirt of this dress to create a full shape.

Fabric and petticoat color options are available.  Contact Colleen for details.

What is Couture?

The word "couture" is simply the French term for "sewing".   Today we use the term when referring to pieces of clothing that are individually made by hand for the wearer.  Through a series of fittings using a muslin mock-up (or toile), the couturier fits and eventually finishes the final garment to fit only the wearer.  There are many hand-sewing techniques that can be used, and the choice of techniques is left to the couturier.

What is Haute Couture?

"Haute" is the French term for "high", so it technically means "high sewing".  The term is reserved for the highest level of exclusive custom clothing design, and is very expensive.  In fact, there are only 15 registered and recognized Haute Couture houses on the French Chamber of Industry's official list.  These include:

  • Chanel

  • Maurizio Galante

  • Atelier Gustavolins

  • Bouchra Jarrar

  • Alexis Mabille

  • Alexandre Vauthier

  • Frank Sorbier

  • Christian Dior

  • Jean Paul Gaultier

  • Stéphane Rolland

  • Givenchy

  • Adeline André

Christian Dior, 1951

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