Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

The Federation numbers some one hundred members, amongst whom feature the most emblematic brands on the global stage. It comprises three Chambres Syndicales or central bodies (Haute Couture, Couturiers' and Fashion Designers' Ready-to-Wear, Men's Fashion).


The Fédération and its members learned with much sadness the passing away of Monsieur Pierre Bergé.
Monsieur Bergé is at the origin of the founding of La Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, which still today, thanks to the diversity and the dynamism of its members, participates to the emulation and intensity of Fashion and its Industry. He chaired it during 20 years.

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode brings together fashion brands that foster creation and international development. It seeks to promote French fashion culture, where Haute Couture and creation have a major impact by combining traditional know how and contemporary technology at all times. It contributes to bolstering Paris in its role as worldwide fashion capital.

 

Its purposes are as follow

  • To be an actor committed on behalf of its members and in coordination with them. It expresses, both in France and on the international scene, a strategic, economic, technological, cultural and even political vision of fashion and creation. As a core element of an ecosystem resolutely geared towards the future, the Federation lies at the heart of the fashion industry's changes and challenges. It coordinates whilst it can also be engaged in meetings and conferences, strategic thinking and standpoints.
  • To provide members of the Federation with a range of services that relate to legal, social, economic, technological, marketing and communication issues and that are more generally relevant to the entire spectrum of business functions as a whole. This support is offered via dedicated commissions, ad hoc task forces or individual appointments with brands.
  • To coordinate and enhance Paris Fashion Week® and its offshoots, including the official calendar of shows and presentations bringing together over 150 brands with recognized uniqueness. Brand applications are examined by a selection committee that guarantees the quality and diversity that are specific to Paris Fashion Week®, a moment of creative abundance and an unmissable economic event.
  • To accompany the development of emerging brands by granting them financial and organizational support, and broadly speaking the overall expertise they need to structure and ease their development and exposure. The Federation organizes a showroom, Designers Apartment, with the backing of the DEFI, a committee for the promotion and advancement of clothing industries. It also has a digital platform, New Now. It actively takes part in the expansion of the French and international ecosystem.
  • To train in traditional and new skills in the fields of creation, management and know-how. The Federation founded and manages the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and is a founding member of the IFM. These two institutions are today committed to a process of strategic rapprochement. It accompanies fashion-related training as a whole and lies at the heart of thought on tomorrow's occupations.

HISTORY

At the origins of the Federation stands the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Founded in 1868 and then known as the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, des Confectionneurs et des Tailleurs pour Dame (Chambre Syndicale for Couture, clothing manufacturers and tailors for women), it became the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne on December 14th 1910. Following the decision taken on January 23rd 1945 relating to the creation of the legally registered designation of origin « Haute Couture », it became the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. The only institutions to serve here are the ones that qualify for the designation, which companies approved each year by a dedicated commission held under the aegis of the Ministry for Industry may become eligible for.

Over the course of the 1960s the movement of fashion designers who linked forces with the great couturiers emerged. Consequently the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode was founded on October 8th 1973. On the same day the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine came into being.

 

The momentum generated by these three Chambres Syndicales led to the creation that same day of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode. On June 29th 2017 it became the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.

GOVERNANCE

The Executive Committee is the Federation’s decision-making body, it is administered by 6 members comprising two legal members (the President and the Executive Vice President) and four members elected by the governing board.

Composition of the Executive Committee

Ralph Toledano President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
Francesca Belletini President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Laurent
Guillaume de Seynes Executive Vice President, Hermès International
Bruno Pavlovsky Fashion President, Chanel
Sidney Toledano President and Chief Executive Officer, Christian Dior Couture
Pascal Morand Executive President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

The Federation’s governing board is the deliberative and regulatory body. It is made up of 18 members, legal members (Presidents, Vice-Presidents of the central bodies) and members appointed by the Federation’s General Assembly.

Didier Grumbach, who chaired the Federation from 1998 to 2014, is its Honorary President and for this reason sits on the governing board.

 

The Federation unites three Chambres Syndicales.

The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, presided by Ralph Toledano.

The Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, presided by Bruno Pavlovsky.

The Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine, presided by Sidney Toledano.

The Federation is structured around two poles

The Fashion and Media pole

The legal, social and institutional pole.

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