As luxury fashion goes, it’s hard to beat haute couture. These clothes are often the height of a designer’s creative expression and may be assembled with exquisite beading, hand embroidery, feathers, fur or other embellishments by highly trained artisans. They are the rough equivalent of a man’s custom-made Brioni suit, and like it, they cost a small fortune. Dresses or suits cost from several tens of thousands of dollars to—at certain extremes generally left to wedding gowns—more than one million dollars.

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