Historical background and composition/
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I. Historical Background
The Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode was founded in 1973.
Presided over by Ralph Toledano (President of PUIG Fashion Division), elected by the representatives of the houses which constitute its membership, the Fédération is the executive body for each of the specific Chambres Syndicales and is directed by Stéphane Wargnier, Executive President who implements the policy decided by the Executive Committee.
Didier Grumbach is now Honorary President after having presided it over from 1998 to 2004.
The Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode includes the following trade associations:
> The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture whose members include only those companies designated as Haute Couture houses. Haute Couture is a legally protected and controlled label that can only be used by the fashion houses which have been granted the designation by the French Ministry of Industry. The group of companies that enjoy the Haute Couture label is reviewed annually.
> The Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode which includes Haute Couture houses and fashion designers producing women’s ready-to-wear.
> The Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine which includes top brands of men’s ready-to-wear.
Altogether, these three trade associations comprise about 100 corporate members, all of which are internationally-known brands with strong export sales.
A unique quality of the The Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode is that its membership includes non-French companies from countries including Japan, Italy, Belgium, Chinese, Corean, etc. This mix reflects the growing globalization of fashion.