If you have not picked up the September issue of Vanity Fair, then you must read the piece by Amy F. Collins, Toujours Couture. She takes a look at the life of couture and its future. With the help of Louis XIV and Antoinette, the world of couture was born. Rose Bertin made a (and lost) a fortune and late Charles Worth pioneered seasonal collections. You can read the article here, but pick up the issue to see the many, many wonderful images of couture throughout the years.
"Earlier, in 1945, Diana Vreeland had implored an assistant to bring back a fabric rose from Paris, as post-diluvian proof that couture had survived World War II..."