The term Haute Couture is often thrown around in conversation, but unless you have taken a fashion class ( where the teacher practically engraves the terms true meaning into your brain) you probably don’t realize how elite and specific the term is.  In honor of the recent Couture showing for fall 2013 in Paris earlier in July, I attached a wiki link to give all sorts of details. Basically the term is very selective: items must be made for specific people, a certain percentage must be hand made, and a special governing board is in charge of deciding who can be listed as Haute Couture. Every season the number of designers/houses changes but usually it is between 8 and 16. All this to say, your Juicy Couture track suit from middle school probably doesn’t technically qualify as Couture.