Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An establishment engaged in couture.
  • n. One who designs for or owns such an establishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who designs haute couture
  • n. a company that is owned by, or employs such a person; a fashion house

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. someone who designs clothing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who designs clothing

Etymologies

French, dressmaker, from Old French cousturier, from cousture, sewing; see couture.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French couturier. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Unlikely to find it in beverages, Edgar looked at several other industries, including fragrance and luxury goods, briefly steering Seagram into a stake in French couturier Herve Leger.

    Fortune’s Fool

  • And how would you look if your couturier were the church thrift shop?

    Those People

  • A couturier is a person involved in the clothing fashion industry who makes original garments to order for private clients.

    On supporting the troops

  • She acquired a fabulous couturier collection while there; when she and Hugh ran short of money late in life, she began surreptitiously selling off the clothes.

    A Very English Controversialist

  • A glib and facile couturier, Mr. Lagerfeld is not unlike Chanel herself, talking a mile a minute, tossing off aphorisms and, as Alicia Drake revealed in her account of the Lagerfeld-Yves Saint Laurent rivalry, "The Beautiful Fall" 2006, not averse to embellishing his past.

    The Enduring Coco Chanel

  • She named a French American couturier, Oleg Cassini, to create her entire wardrobe, which combined French style with an American pedigree.

    Dressing down the first lady

  • If you were the nephew of legendary couturier Hubert de Givenchy and you created jewelry hotly rumored to be favored by Queen Rania of Jordan and her like (thus guaranteeing that every wealthy woman with pretensions to immaculate style would also want a piece of the action), you wouldn't need to sully your hands with the works of Madison Avenue either.

    Coolhunter: Taffin

  • PARIS—Christian Dior started dismissal procedures against designer John Galliano for making "deeply offensive" anti-Semitic remarks, acting fast to distance itself from a potentially damaging association with a couturier whose star was already starting to fade.

    Dior Axes Galliano for Anti-Semitic Remarks

  • His close friend and assistant Steven Robinson died unexpectedly in 2007, depriving the couturier of his confidant.

    Dior Axes Galliano for Anti-Semitic Remarks

  • "I wanted to create an exhibition on Jean Paul Gaultier more than any other couturier because of his great humanity," said Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

    Simona Rabinovitch: Jean Paul Gaultier Museum Exhibit in Montreal

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  • a designer and producer of fashion garments (from the French couture, meaning dressmaking).

    October 31, 2007