Couture Garments

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Extraordinary garments demand extraordinary care

RAVE FabriCARE is Arizona’s only Certified Couture Cleaner.

Our skilled couture specialists excel in their understanding of exquisite fabrics, unusual textures, and special trims and embellishments. And in their knowledge of the art of design and the craftsmanship of construction.

From intricate beaded and sequined gowns to one-of-a-kind handmade garments, from modern to vintage, the delicate nature of these pieces dictates the utmost scrutiny, respect, care and attention to detail.

Specifically, our couture specialists:

  • Inspect each garment as it arrives – inside and out – paying particular attention to the fabric fibers, fabric textures, fabric finishes, dyes, trim and embellishments, and construction.
  • Determine the best and most appropriate cleaning techniques, processes and solutions. All stains receive immediate attention.
  • Design individualized cleaning processes for garments with metallic thread, resin finishes and unstable dyes.
  • Remove all fragile buttons, trim, embellishments and ornaments prior to cleaning and reattach prior to or immediately after finishing the piece.
  • Perform minor repairs before the actual cleaning process begins and again should it be necessary during the final inspection process.
  • Hand finish every garment. Delicately. Both inside and out. The old fashioned way. Using a hand iron. With an appreciation of the nuances and subtleties of the couturier’s sensibilities.
  • Inspect every garment carefully and thoroughly. From top to bottom. From inside to outside.
  • Package every garment individually and elegantly to ensure that they are protected during transportation and short-term storage.

Nowhere are higher standards applied.

And we can do this (in most cases) even if your couture garments have been contaminated by fire, smoke, soot, water, mold, mildew and/or humidity as a result of a fire or flood.

From Chanel and Givenchy to Oscar de la Renta and Giambattista Valli, you can trust RAVE FabriCARE with all your couture garments.

Couture dictionary

Today, the term “couture” is widely and, often, quite loosely used (and even misused). Here’s an overview of couture-related terms.

Haute couture

These are clothes that are hand-sewn to order by fashion houses using the world’s finest materials. These fashion houses must meet the requirements of the French Couture Federation, the regulatory group empowered by French law to bestow the official “haute couture” title. Ten designers now have this designation, down from 40 in the 1960’s.

To qualify for the designation “haute couture”, fashion houses must employ at least 20 people to create hand-stitched collections of at least 25 looks twice a year and show them in Paris for at least two years. Or simply be voted in. The clothes are produced by using a client’s measurements to create an outfit out of muslin, and then using the muslin as a pattern for a garment made of fine fabrics.

Made-to-order

Designers who haven’t sought the haute couture designation use this term to describe their handmade clothes.

Semi couture

Some designers use this term to describe clothes that are machine-sewn, but in limited quantities (as few as 8 or 10). Sometimes these designers use fine materials like those used in haute couture clothes. Their clothes often come with loose seams so they can be disassembled and finished by a tailor. Some designers refer to semi-couture as their “special order” service.

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