Haute Couture refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. The term 'Haute Couture' (a French expression translating literally to "high dressmaking") is commonly misused in the fashion industry to glorify clothes that are heavily embellished. The luxury of this trade is that the most experienced and talented seamstresses construct each garment by hand from start to
finish. One piece alone can take weeks to assemble.
According to Wikipedia, the term Haute Couture is protected by law in France and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d'industire de Paris to strictly obide by the following three rules:
1.) The garments must be bespoke designs for private clients.
2.) The fashion house must have an atelier in Paris employing at least fifteen people.
3.) Each season the fashion house must present a collection to the Paris press.