Thierry Mugler Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1995 Full Show
One of my all-time favorite couture runway shows. Lots of energy, character, great style and attitude. Even a little creepy/unsettling, which is great for those who enjoy both high fashion and dark fantasy/horror. I've always enjoyed Haute Couture because it's a theater experience that takes an incredible amount of effort and creative energy to put together. There are standards for a house to be considered Haute Couture and the term couture
is often misused:
"To qualify as an official Haute Couture house, members must design made-to-order clothes for private clients, with more than one fitting, using an atelier (workshop) that employs at least fifteen fulltime staff. They must also have twenty fulltime technical workers in one of their workshops. Finally, Haute Couture houses must present a collection of no less than 50 original designs — both day and evening garments — to the public every season, in January and July." (businessoffashion.com)
I'm a former New Yorker so I was blessed to see the excitement around show season and often spent time in small import bookstores looking through $80 couture magazines. I love sewing and spent several years having fun doing makeup art as well (beauty, theater, simple special fx), always inspired by the drama of Haute Couture. There are many shows I like, even love, but only several specific shows that I can never forget and have became special, timeless inspirations for my own creations. This Thierry Mugler runway is one of the top.