Haute Couture, an out of print book, by Richard Martin and Harold Koda (1995) is online at archive.org
“This is a survey of the history of haute couture, from the formation of the House of Worth in mid-19th-century Paris to the major designers of the present day.
It contains beautiful color photos of the couture garments design by the following houses: Balenciaga, Chanell, Dior, Jacques Fath, Gianfranco Fere, Hubert de Givenchy, Aliz Gres, Jacques Griffe, Christian Lacroix, Carl Lagerfeld, Jeanne Lanvin, Patou, Poiret, Saint Laurent, Schiaparelli, Ungaro, Versace, Madeleine Vionnet & the House of Worth.
The book focuses on the highly skilled crafts that are essential to the production of haute couture. Separate chapters examine tailoring techniques and finishes, weaving, draping, and the intricate decoration produced by embroiderers, feather-makers, and other craftspeople on whom couturiers rely for the execution of their ideas.”
A BBC video goes inside The Secret World of Haute Couture
1960-1969 fashion illustration from Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Chiffon dress with allover sequins on weskit” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1960 – 1969. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/04eb1a80-ab0c-0132-b0e6-58d385a7bbd0
More about the history of the Creators Studio of Seventh Ave., NYC
- “André and Creators Studios were Seventh Avenue fashion businesses that marketed their designs to clothing manufacturers by subscription. In the mid-1970s Pearl Alexander Lipman, André’s co-owner and designer since the 1930s, retired, and the company’s design drawings were sold to Creators Studios. The collection consists of reproductions of designs — some vibrantly hand-colored — produced and distributed by the two companies between 1937 and 1972.”