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A grand couturier is a fashion designer who holds significant influence in the fashion industry. His or her designs and collections influence the fashion industry at all levels through the trickle-down effect.

Grands couturiers usually are household names who have high profile clients. They come out with fashion collections every season in one or more of the six major fashion weeks-Milan, Paris, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York. Their designs are also often featured in popular fashion magazines like such as Vogue.

It is difficult to decide who deserves the title grand couturier because numerous designers have had influence in the fashion industry. However the name was originally created for the head designers of the haute couture houses. There are 10 current official French couture fashion houses: Syndicate Chamber of Parisian Couture and 2 honorary Italian houses.

The official grands couturiers (in order of their fashion house):

  • Rosette Torrente-Mett
  • Julien Fournie
  • Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973)
  • Chris Seydou (1949–1994)
  • Vionnet
  • Madeleine Vionnet (1876–1975)
  • Sophia Kokosalaki

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