Fashion Terms

Ready to Wear/Pret-a-Porter
Most of clothes we see at the shop called ready to wear or in French called net-a-porter or busana siap pakai in Indonesian. This term used to explain collection from one label that mass producted and usually created by standard clothing size such as S, M, L, and others.


Haute Couture
This term is reverse from ready to wear, it means high dress making. Haute couture used to interpret line custom made by designer to their clients. A haute couture dress only made by request depends on clients' size. So, you know this clothing line is very luxurious, exclusive, and one of a kind. In Paris, there is a organization named Chambre syndicale de la haute couture that determine who designers can undertake a show couture, because it has some rules. Here some rules must followed by designer to join with the other couturier:
- offering service custom made to client, ensure fitting and design made is one of a kind.
- designer have to make one new design for their client, and required to do fitting as necessary for it to complete one design made.
- have atelier or workshop in Paris which employs 15 (fifteen) local people full time.
- in one year, disgner have to make two shows for media in Paris. Their collections must be amounted to approximately 35 items for day time wear or evening wear.