Haute couture: high fashion; the most fashionable and influential dressmaking and designing.
Haute = high; couture = sewing.
|(l-r: Iris van Herpen Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012 via Edelscope; Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012 via mode.newslicious.net; Psych-O)|
In this scene from The Devil Wears Prada, editor Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep, eloquently explains the trickle-down effect of fashion:
I do not understand why everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.
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