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).
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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.