HIGH ROAD: Alexandre Vauthier has been awarded the right to use the haute couture appellation, a distinction administered by France’s ministry of industry. A commission met on Dec. 16 and anointed Vauthier as the Chambre Syndicale’s newest full-fledged member. Previously, he was a guest member.

The French designer spent eight years as studio director for Jean Paul Gaultier couture and then three years with Thierry Mugler before launching his signature couture in 2009.

This story first appeared in the December 17, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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