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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 Fashion and Media pole
The legal, social and institutional pole.