Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: How to watch the catwalks

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Written by CNN style staff

On the heels of the men’s fashion shows, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week opens today with a four-day program of events featuring a combination of live and physical performances.

Dior, Chanel and Zuhair Murad are among the houses hosting in-person shows this season.

Balenciaga is also set to join the program this week, showcasing a couture collection for the first time in over 50 years.

Meanwhile, New York-based label Pyer Moss will make history when the brand’s founder and creative director, Kerby Jean-Raymond, becomes the first black American designer to feature at Paris Haute Couture Week. Her show – as it was presented the day before at Madame CJ Walker’s former home in Irvington New York – will close the event with a live broadcast Friday evening local Paris time.

Born in 1867, Walker was a self-taught black entrepreneur and social activist. She made her fortune creating a line of hair care and beauty products for black women.

Schiaparelli will be the first brand to present its new collection in digital video on Monday. Other brands unveiling new collections include Iris Van Herpen, Giorgio Armani and Fendi.

A look from the Iris Van Herpen couture show in Paris in July 2019. Credit: Thomas Samson / AFP / Getty Images

Couture is considered the highest category of haute couture. The one-of-a-kind garments are handcrafted by teams of skilled craftsmen, with some pieces taking weeks or even months to complete. Couture fashion shows take place twice a year, in January and July. Dresses first seen on the catwalk are often spotted later at red carpet events, including the Oscars.

Watch all the live shows from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week here.

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