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Christian Lacroix fall 2009 haute couture

5 Designers Who've Come and Gone From the World of Haute Couture

Because the haute couture label is legally protected and designated by the French Ministry of Industry, fashion houses must be approved annually by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in order to qualify as members.  Needless to say, not all designers who’ve made the cut stay there forever.  With causes ranging from retirement to the financial crisis, here are five big names who’ve gone in and out — and some, back in again — to the rarefied world of haute couture:
1.  Versace:  Among the requirements for official haute couture are twice-yearly Paris press presentations.  Versace took a break from these beginning in 2004, though the house never stopped producing what it considers its couture collection.  On January 23, however, they’re back on the calendar of Paris shows, making the line officially haute once again.

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