There is a really fascinating special currently airing on PBS entitled "The History of Haute Couture." Much of the documentary focuses on Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. I certainly cannot fathom ever being able to afford haute couture, but I can appreciate what goes into making it. There are some good interviews with women who buy haute couture and they have some really interesting things to say. They consider haute couture as wearable art and an investment, much like an expensive painting. They also keep track of when and where each piece was worn so that they keep it in pristine condition and many donate their pieces to a museum after several years for a tax write-off. I would check this out- its airing on PBS several times in the coming weeks. Enjoy!