How to Spot a Haute Couture Dress

Elie Saab Haute Couture

How can you spot a couture gown among the sea of bridal dresses out there? Well for a start, there’ll probably be a well-known name on the label, and a stiff (let’s be honest) price tag, but these clues are just the tip of the iceberg.


The skills of a couturier are clearest of all in the small details. Grab a magnifying glass and check out the beading on your gown; each single bead should be hand-sewn individually (no gluing of course!) so that if the thread breaks, damages are kept to a minimum.


Crystals should be fixed onto the dress with multiple threads – so that if the crystals cut a thread there’ll still be one or two to hold So it takes all the honed skills of a professional to turn a few metres of satin and lace into a gown so breathtaking (and flattering) it can only be described as a work of art.

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