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The Fashion Design Council of India announced late last week that the capital city will host the first ever ‘Delhi Couture Week’ from July 15-18 to celebrate the work of India’s master couturiers. Couture, in regards to Indian fashion, refers primarily to bridal apparel which are sold as exclusive, made-to-order pieces.
Although, couture is synonymous with French fashion houses like Chanel, Christian Dior and Givenchy, the tradition of luxurious dressing and haute couture has its roots in royal India where made-to-order was the norm. For instance, the maharanis of the day specially commissioned weavers to create intricately woven saris adorned with precious stones and were often the most lavish patrons of European luxury houses like Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Boucheron. Western designers have displayed the skills of India’s artisans in their couture and prêt-à-porter collections for years, so its nice to see Indian designers be given a platform to showcase beautiful traditional apparel and the fine craftsmanship that India is known for.