Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 19th century
A fashion designer who manufactures and sells clothes that have been tailored to a client's specific requirements and measurements.
Examples of Couturier in a sentence
"The top couturiers will all be showing at Fashion Week."
"He worked in a dry cleaner doing alterations, but his dream was to be a couturier."
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"Naturellement," this fashionable word comes from French. "Couture" means sewing or dressmaking in French, but it has come to refer to a specific design of high-fashion garments made to specific measurement. "Couturier" is the word for the person who makes such specialized clothes.
Did you Know?
Not just any fashion designer can be called a couturier. If a designer qualifies in France, they could be invited to be a member of the "Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture." Well-known members include Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Schiaparelli, and Giambattista Valli.