If fashion were a kingdom, Gaspard Yurkievich would be the Prince of Dressmaking, that approach to fashion design which characterises one of the two main types of haute couture technique. This half-French, half-Argentinean designer has applied the principles of dressmaking to a ready-to-wear range which he describes as ” midrange-upmarket “. Behind the jargon lies a contemporary interpretation of ultra-feminine items of clothing—the little dinner dress, skirt or blouse—using flowing materials which seem to be hardly worked on at all. All is suggested in designs whose decoration is derived from the structure of the dress. Functional parts such as the sleeves and hems take on a decorative role in movement.