'Haute Couture (French for 'high sewing or 'high dressmaking') refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing.'
Thats how Wikipedia defines it at-least. On the contrary, my fascination has no definite explanation.
We tend to nonchalantly mention 'Haute Couture' for anything related to luxury, tailor-made clothing but in substance, it is legally bound in France. Only those firms which meet the preset standards defined by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris are allowed to pronounce their garments as Haute Couture by law. And believe it or not, as of 2011, there are only 11 members.
Namely - Adeline Andre, Anne Valerie Hash, Atelier Gustavolins, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christophe Josse, Franck Sorbier, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maurizio Galante and Stephane Rolland.
When I accidentally stumbled upon this video what enthralled me was the dedicated attention given to each seam; the hand-executed intentness of each stitch and most importantly, the excitement with which the gown fluttered on the runway; opulent in its charisma.