Every Question About Haute Couture You've Had But Were Too Afraid to Ask

There’s a scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Emily Blunt’s character is desperately trying to impress Anne Hathaway’s character: “I get to wear couture. I go to all the shows and all the parties.” Clearly the idea of haute couture is powerful—just consider the sheer number of stores and brands who include the name as part of their own branding—but what exactly is couture? How much does it cost? And who actually buys it? In honor of current shows in Paris, we thought we’d take a moment to answer all your burning questions.

Scroll down for your quick cheat sheet to everything haute couture.