Julien Fournié’s portrait by Rasmus Mogensen

Julien Fournié gets the Haute Couture label

The “Haute Couture” label has been granted to the house of Julien Fournié, the French Federation of Couture announced on tuesday.

Julien Fournié graduated from the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in 2000 and became the last Creative Director for the Torrente Haute Couture house until 2004. He has devoted himself only to his eponymous house since its foundation in 2009. Honored with the Great Prize for Creativity awarded by the City of Paris in 2010, Julien Fournié was admitted in January 2011 in the official calendar of Couture and Haute Couture runway shows. Julien Fournié combines the tradition of Parisian know-how and an innovative spirit, particularly by developing the 3D tools of the future, thanks to his partnership with Dassault Systèmes, a European software company with which he has a patrnership with the FashionLab since 2011.
The “Couture Creation” Classification Commission of the French Ministry of Industry, has met on December 16th, 2016 on  the premises of the French Federation of Couture and has granted the “Haute Couture” label to the house of Julien Fournié. This legally protected label is reserved to listed fashion  houses only.  The list is updated each year by the Ministry of Industry. As of January 2017, it is featuring  15 names: Adeline André, Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille, Chanel, Christian Dior, Franck Sorbier, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Margiela, Maurizio Galante, Schiaparelli, Stéphane Rolland, Yiqing Yin and, from now on, Julien Fournié.

In addition, about twenty houses who have the status of “correspondent members” or “guest members”, are  allowed to present their collections during the official week of Couture. The next Haute Couture collections, for the spring-summer 2017 season, will be presented in Paris from January, Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th. Julien Fournié will show his “First Kinesis” collection on the runway, on Tuesday, January 24th at 03:00 p.m. (by invitation only).

“Haute Couture is the most precious discipline in the field of fashion design for the creative freedom it represents. It participates to the essence of the French cultural exception by leaving the first place to the intuition of a creative person,” comments Julien Fournié. “It has to be preserved as a living treasure. Comforted with the recognition by my peers, I intend to enhance its freedom of expression.”

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