....The Secret World of Haute Couture attempts to provide a deeper understanding into the world of haute couture, a world that is normally closed to the “outsiders”, in just around an hour. Filmmaker Margy Kinmonth travels to New York, Paris, and California to meet up with members of the club, and to take a look at how haute couture has changed throughout the years.
The title says it all, really. From the beginning, it is emphasized that the “secret world” that the documentary was about to shed more light on was, without exaggeration, truly secret. A quick search on Google of the various members of the haute couture club proved that to be true (there was close to no information on haute couture members). Many of these members don’t have prolific online presences, and most of their public appearances are in fact rather secretive, considering the fact that you would have to be of equal status to attend the functions and events.
What I understood about the culture of haute couture before watching the documentary was that members of that elitist group was a group of rich and high-class socialites who like to spend all day discussing their exorbitantly priced clothes and where they were made, who made them, etc. Well, the part about them being extremely rich was right. They were willing to pay large sums of money that even goes into the tens of thousands of dollars to obtain a piece of clothing (and even hundreds of thousands for embroidered pieces). However, that wasn’t the essence behind the term “haute couture”....