No, I don’t. The French government considers haute couture a part of their culture and for as long as they continue to support it, couture wont die. This discussion has been around for YEARS, in fact probably every season this question is brought up - is couture dying, bla bla bla. It’s not. The client base is small and exclusive but there will always be customers who can afford and want high quality, made-to-measure garments. That’s not going to change.
However, I do think that the fantasy of couture is dying. Couture exists not only to dress the extremely rich but also as a marketing ploy - to boost the image of the house. Take this as an example: a middle-class woman sees a Chanel couture dress, worth tens of thousands of Euros. She obviously can’t afford the dress but she CAN afford a Chanel lipstick or perfume. It’s that whole mentality that you’re buying a piece of a fantasy, or dream. I think this dream at the moment is kind of dead. Couture is really struggling to reinvent itself and remain relevant.
A decade ago, maybe just before all these discussions started, we had Christian Lacroix, Versace - which has only very recently returned to the calendar, Valentino by VALENTINO, and of course John Galliano for Dior. I was too young to appreciate it at the time but, later on when I became interested in fashion, what these designers and especially what Galliano did was what inspired my love of couture. That doesn’t really exist anymore. I think someone needs to inject some new life into it because, as Colin McDowell said, designers have become complacent and also their pretentiousness has stopped them from moving forward. Couture isn’t going to die, but I do feel it’s relevance and influence in the modern world is.