Knocking on Haute Couture's Door
In the atelier of her Paris design house, Anne Valérie Hash watches intently as a seamstress fastens an embroidered silk belt to a dark blue gown with a plunging neckline. Hash's first haute couture runway show is 15 hours away, and the room hums with the sound of sewing machines and hissing steam irons as the 35-year-old designer and her staff make final alterations.
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