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History of Haute Couture Fashion (Weekend)

History of Haute Couture Fashion (Weekend)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Pigalle Tavakkoli


Charting the evolution of Haute Couture since the inception of the House of Worth in 1858, and how the art of original design coupled with the highest of skills came to dominate fashion through most of the 20th century, elevating couturiers into famous public figures.

You will explore the role of the designer and the extraordinary craftsmanship behind the finished creations, the importance of haute couture in Parisian culture, and its influence on the wider international fashion industry. You will also look behind the scenes to uncover the relationship between couture houses and associated ateliers with their heritage of traditional craftsmanship, such as embroidery, pleating and featherworking, to understand how this is being preserved in a modern world. You will also examine the challenges contemporary designers face in keeping handmade traditional couture relevant in an age dominated by fast changing trends and mass consumerism.

Course level All Levels

Who is the course aimed at?
All levels are welcome from enthusiasts, students, researchers, fashion historians and designers.

On this course
You will develop as a researcher, critical thinker and communicator. You will broaden your historical knowledge and be inspired by the potential to incorporate the skills of haute couture into your own studies, practice or work.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Pigalle Tavakkoli originally worked in the fashion industry as Studio Assistant for Alexander McQueen, followed by running her own label designing high end womenswear for boutiques worldwide. She went on to work as Creative Assistant to Jasmine Di Milo, Marketing and PR Manager for designers such as Lezley George, and project managing lookbooks for Benetton and Levi’s Vintage Clothing. Pigalle is now established as a Senior Experience Designer with over a decade producing events, installations and campaigns. She develops multisensory story worlds driven by audience participation, to transform the way they feel, think and behave. She has worked for leading cultural organisations and museums across the UK and internationally. These have included the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Wellcome Collection, Barbican Centre and Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (Russia), as well as multi-arts festivals such as Latitude, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and Electric Picnic (Ireland). She is a visiting lecturer at London College of Fashion and London College of Communications.



Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Pen
  • Notebook

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