As Couture Week begins in Paris, though most of us will experience it online. There’s plenty to look forward to—Kim Jones’s new vision for Fendi, Alber Elbaz’s see-now, buy-now AZ Factory debut—but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t bummed to be missing the IRL action. It’s difficult to appreciate any garment virtually, but especially couture; you just can’t capture the detail, craftsmanship, and precision on a laptop.

Still, our new reality has sparked ideas we might not have considered in the past. Since we can’t experience couture up close, we’re celebrating in a different way: by asking you, Vogue’s followers, to re-create your favorite couture looks at home. Like the #MetGalaChallenge and #MakeItVogue challenge before it, #VogueCouchCouture is all about creativity, ingenuity, and improvisation (and a little humor too).

If you’re in need of ideas, we’ve pulled a few recent couture looks to inspire your couch-bound crafting. What you choose to reimagine and how you do it is entirely up to you. Maybe you’ll get creative with a bedsheet to mimic Schiaparelli’s gravity-defying fall 2019 couture gown, or perhaps Emily in Paris inspired you to revisit Viktor & Rolf’s expressive tulle poufs of spring 2019. The deconstructed puffers from Maison Margiela’s fall 2018 Artisanal show could easily be re-created with a few down coats, while ambitious sewers might be inspired to upgrade their loungewear à la Ronald van der Kemp’s upcycled sequin hoodie.

As for the surrealist, stretched-out proportions of Valentino’s fall 2020 couture, let’s just say you’ll get extra points for figuring that out in your apartment (maybe a tall chair or barstool would help?). If you’re planning on watching the fall 2021 couture shows in real time—Vogue Runway will be posting and livestreaming the collections all week—you could try your hand at a brand-new look too.

a person with a pink umbrella: Valentino spring 2020 couture

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a person wearing a costume: Maison Margiela fall 2018 couture

Maison Margiela fall 2018 couture© Photo:

a person with a pink umbrella: Giambattista Valli fall 2020 couture

Giambattista Valli fall 2020 couture© Photo:

Georgina Stojiljković wearing a costume: Dior fall 2019 couture

Dior fall 2019 couture© Photo:

a person wearing a wedding cake: Viktor & Rolf spring 2020 couture

Viktor & Rolf spring 2020 couture© Photo:

a group of colorful graffiti: Maison Margiela spring 2019 couture

Maison Margiela spring 2019 couture© Photo: Courtesy of Maison Margiela

a person in a blue dress standing in front of a curtain: Valentino spring 2018 couture

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a close up of a stuffed animal: Giambattista Valli fall 2020 couture

Giambattista Valli fall 2020 couture© Photo: Courtesy of Giambattista Valli

Iris Van Herpen spring 2017 couture

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