March 4-May 22
Haute couture — high-end wardrobe constructed by heading conform houses — originated in Paris during a late 19th century when dresses were possibly homemade or order-made. Only pattern houses authorized by La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne could report their panoply as haute couture, that were combined with top-quality textiles and regulating a best seamsters. Though founded in France, it was an Englishman, Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895), who determined a association, and was a initial to benefaction collections of wardrobe biannually in Paris, take orders for custom-fitted wardrobe and stitch signature labels into garments.
Since a recognition of pret-a-porter, ready-to-wear collections, that began around a 1960s, a direct for haute couture has been in decline. But a enlightenment continues with designers such as Raf Simmons and Karl Lagerfeld still formulating elaborate collections.
This muster facilities haute-couture dresses from several successful conform houses, including Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent (now Saint Laurent).
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo; 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Nijubashimae Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. until 8 p.m.). ¥1,700. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.mimt.jp/paris-hc/eng