What It Means to be Haute Couture: Alexandre Vauthier Talks to BlackBook

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Photo: Courtesy of Alexandre Vauthier

Couturier (he can call himself that now) Alexandre Vauthier has been announced as an official, and full-time member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

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Photo: Courtesy of Alexandre Vauthier

It’s a promotion from his previous guest membership. Vauthier launched his eponymous label just five years ago after beginning at Thierry Mugler, then moving on to an eight-year gig as couture studio director for Jean Paul Gaultier.

“I’m incredibly honored to be acknowledged by my peers and to be part of this prestigious family,” Vauthier said to BlackBook, “It’s truly the ultimate recognition of my work and I’m overjoyed.”

There is a muffled perception about how to define couture amongst followers of fashion. According to Vauthier, the prestigious label implies that “Haute Couture is about working with exceptional artisans to create Métiers d’Art. It is a constant search for new techniques and new concepts. I like to think of it as a laboratory of ideas with no limits.”

He doesn’t see his collections necessarily changing due to the new titles his brand has earned, but rather continuing in the same vein of a quest for excellence.

“Les metiers d’Art has always been integral to my brand and each season we try to push the limits, improving the techniques used to create our collections,” he said. “I will ensure that we continue to strive for excellence in our research, searching for new and innovative ways to produce collections of the highest quality.”

Lastly, this means that we’ll be seeing Vauthier present his next collection during Couture Fashion Week in January.

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Photo: Courtesy of Alexandre Vauthier