I find it intriguing that couture got birthed at all. But when you look at it contextually, it makes a good deal of sense. During the 1800s the rapid rise of mechanization, and the increasing availability of ready made garments changed how fashion and attire disseminated to the populace. Little dressmakers still abounded, of course, but their primacy was threatened. Also threatened was the skill set, expertise and artistry that they brought not only to their work, but through that work, to the world.
Enter Charles Frederick Worth, an English born, Paris living man who is credited aptly with the creation of the Couture. In his able hands and from his facile mind sprang the notion that there had to be a place where only the very best of everything came together to make the most elevated and sublime of garments. And for a century thousands of women from all over the world accessed couture clothes regularly. And we can see the results of that labor and commerce today in museums.
My answer to this question is a simple one. When we allow the special and the extraordinary to die away, we diminish ourselves as a culture. Losing the ability to create beauty at this level means that we also cut ourselves off from our own artistic history to a degree.
Sure, garments like these are not something the majority of us will ever even get to see up close, let alone wear, but understanding that they exist at all, like paintings in a gallery, brightens our world a bit.
And then there is embellishment and embroidery work, which can take the most mundane of materials and elevate them to art.
The expressivity of these garments cannot be denied, and should not be allowed to vanish utterly for our world.
And finally, we must all be allowed to aspire, to dream, and to reach if we can, the heights of whatever calling we have.