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Haute Couture Thrives in the Middle East

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Women in the Middle East are Haute Couture's biggest market, says this Reuters story. "I had the opportunity to see a wedding that was recently held here in Dubai. 4,000 women were invited to the reception and everybody in the room was wearing haute couture," Simon Lock, creative director for Dubai Fashion Week, told the news service. "And there are lots and lots of weddings to attend. The wedding season is very expensive here. I have known of many occasions when a couturier will be invited to a private home for a showing. The hostess will buy maybe 20, 30 couture outfits for a season." [Reuters]