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.
The association began as the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, which dates to 1868. The Fédération’s headquarters have been located at 100 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Paris 8e, since 1935.
The Fédération is the executive body for each of the specific Chambres Syndicales, or industry-specific associations, which constitute its membership. Elected president Didier Grumbach runs it. Mr. Grumbach, entrusted with the industry’s confidence, works to define and implement measures that will help the French fashion industry grow.
The Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode includes the following associations :
> The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture
Didier Grumbach is head of this association 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 those 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
> The Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine
Pierre Cardin is the honorary president and Sidney Toledano (société Christian Dior) is the acting president of this association, which includes top brands of men’s ready-to-wear.
Altogether, these three trade associations have about 100 corporate members, all of which are internationally known brands that have 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, etc.
This mix reflects the growing globalization of fashion.