There are many similarities between fashion and flowers besides temporality. Christian Dior, who once described his ideal woman as a “femme fleur,” designed skirts that looked like upside-down tulips. Even if a silhouette is not flowerlike, it can be festooned and made ultra-romantic with the addition of PARURIER FLORAL (artificial flowers).

There are many similarities between fashion and flowers besides temporality. Christian Dior, who once described his ideal woman as a “femme fleur,” designed skirts that looked like upside-down tulips. Even if a silhouette is not flowerlike, it can be festooned and made ultra-romantic with the addition of PARURIER FLORAL (artificial flowers).

Démodé (Rykiel Resort 2015): Used by Sonia Rykiel to describe the “destruction of fashion” look she introduced in the 1970s, the démodé technique was an infusion of undo...

Démodé (Rykiel Resort 2015): Used by Sonia Rykiel to describe the “destruction of fashion” look she introduced in the 1970s, the démodé technique was an infusion of undo...

Embroidery for a haute couture dress - fashion atelier; fabric embellishment; fashion in the making

Embroidery for a haute couture dress - fashion atelier; fabric embellishment; fashion in the making

"Flou" - meaning ethereal or floaty (the skirt that's the example here is by Bouchra Jarrar)

"Flou" - meaning ethereal or floaty (the skirt that's the example here is by Bouchra Jarrar)

Alexander McQueen laser Cut Bootie

Alexander McQueen laser Cut Bootie

mille-feuille: It seems like pastries and fashion have been going hand-in-hand lately (see: “lattice”). To add to the list of the sartorial sweets, there is mille-feuille, a style of custard-filled layer cake also used to describe the piling of fabrics.

mille-feuille: It seems like pastries and fashion have been going hand-in-hand lately (see: “lattice”). To add to the list of the sartorial sweets, there is mille-feuille, a style of custard-filled layer cake also used to describe the piling of fabrics.

Couture houses have two main divisions, concentrated on two different silhouettes. One is dedicated to TAILLEUR (tailoring) . . .

Couture houses have two main divisions, concentrated on two different silhouettes. One is dedicated to TAILLEUR (tailoring) . . .

What the Heck Are “Swimtimates,” Anyway?

What the Heck Are “Swimtimates,” Anyway?

Silhouette is just one of fashion’s charms; embellishment is another. Couture houses work with specialists in their varied fields, or MÉTIERS, to achieve breathtaking effects, like PLISSAGE (pleating) and FOLDING, which can be applied to garments as far apart as a schoolgirl’s kilt, a Grecian-goddess dress, or a bouffant evening gown.

Silhouette is just one of fashion’s charms; embellishment is another. Couture houses work with specialists in their varied fields, or MÉTIERS, to achieve breathtaking effects, like PLISSAGE (pleating) and FOLDING, which can be applied to garments as far apart as a schoolgirl’s kilt, a Grecian-goddess dress, or a bouffant evening gown.

Elie Saab Spring 2015 Couture - Collection - Gallery - Style.com

Elie Saab Spring 2015 Couture - Collection - Gallery - Style.com

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