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Dior, Versace and more: What you've missed so far at Paris haute couture

Of all the runway show weeks on the international fashion calendar, haute couture remains the most special. Presented twice yearly in January and July, these shows represent the culmination of hundreds of hours of hand-work – all to achieve a level of detail that is lost in the world of fast-fashion. And if you're wondering who will be wearing what to the Oscars next month, you might want to pay attention as nominees will typically be wearing fresh-off-the-runway couture. Over the next few days, Amy Verner will be attending these shows along with top editors from around the world and typically also a celebrity or two (Lady Gaga showed up at Atelier Versace last night).

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A model poses for photographers backstage, prior to the Atelier Versace Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2014 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

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Lady Gaga, left, and fashion designer Donatella Versace arrive to the attend Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Paris.

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A model presents a creation by Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace as part of the Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Paris.

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A model presents a creation by Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace as part of the Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Paris.

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Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace acknowledges applause following the presentation of the Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Paris.

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A model presents a creation by Italian designer Donatella Versace as part of her Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for Atelier Versace in Paris January 19, 2014.

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A model presents a creation by Italian designer Donatella Versace as part of her Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for Atelier Versace in Paris January 19, 2014.

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A model gets her makeup done backstage before the Italian designer Donatella Versace Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for Atelier Versace in Paris January 19, 2014.

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French designer Jean Paul Gaultier (C) and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (R), singer and former French First Lady, applaud at the end of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 20, 2014.

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Former models Carla Bruni Sarkozy, left, and Elle MacPherson, of Australia, pose after Schiaparelli's Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Jan.20, 2014.

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A model wears a creation for Schiaparelli's Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Jan.20, 2014.

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A model wears a creation for Schiaparelli's Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Jan.20, 2014.

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A model displays a creation by designer Marco Zanini as part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris, January 20, 2014.

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British model Stella Tennant presents a creation by designer Marco Zanini for fashion house Schiaparelli as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 20, 2014.

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A model presents a creation by designer Marco Zanini for fashion house Schiaparelli as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris, January 20, 2014.

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Farida Khelfa, left, the muse of Schiaparelli house, and Carla Bruni Sarkozy joke after the presentation of Schiaparelli's Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection in Paris, Monday, Jan.20, 2014.

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A model presents a creation by designer Marco Zanini for fashion house Schiaparelli as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion week in Paris, January 20, 2014.

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Models wear creations for Tony Ward's Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Jan.20, 2014.

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Models wear creations for Tony Ward's Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Jan.20, 2014.

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Models present creations by designers Yassen Samouilov and Livia Stoianova as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for On Aura Tout Vu in Paris, January 20, 2014.

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Models present creations by designers Yassen Samouilov and Livia Stoianova as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for On Aura Tout Vu in Paris, January 20, 2014.

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Models present creations by designers Yassen Samouilov and Livia Stoianova as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for On Aura Tout Vu in Paris, January 20, 2014.

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Actress Kate Bosworth arrives to attend the Dior Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Paris.

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A model presents a creation by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris January 20, 2014.

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A model presents a creation by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris January 20, 2014.

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A model presents a creation by Belgian designer Raf Simons as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection for French fashion house Christian Dior in Paris January 20, 2014.

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A model presents a creation by Italian designer Giambattista Valli as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 20, 2014.

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Models present creations by Italian designer Giambattista Valli as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 20, 2014.

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A model presents a creation by Italian designer Giambattista Valli as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 20, 2014.

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A model presents a creation as part of the Dior Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Paris.

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A model presents a creation as part of the Dior Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Paris.

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Models present creations as part of the Dior Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Paris.

Thibault Camus/AP

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A model presents a creation as part of the Dior Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Paris.

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A model presents a creation as part of the Dior Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Paris.

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