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Giambattista Valli recognised for haute couture

Giambattista Valli has been given official haute couture appellation.

The Italian fashion designer showed his first couture collection in Paris earlier this year. He was invited to stage the presentation by the Chambre Syndicale, the French body which oversees the industry.

Normally designers aren't granted official haute couture designer status for five years, but it was decided Valli had done enough to receive it in a meeting on December 16.

"It was clear from his show [in July] that he has caught the attention of a new generation of customers, and he immediately took important orders for his couture... it's true that the haute couture appellation gives him legitimacy, but objectively speaking, he is already part of the system," President of Chambre Syndicale Didier Grumbach said.

Valli works out of Paris, where he has an atelier off the Place de la Madeleine.

His clothes have become popular with people across Europe.

Couture Fashion Week has felt the pinch due to the on-going global financial crisis and it's thought the organising body might introduce more designers into the fold over the coming months to help boost it.

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