One that produces, designs, or deals in women's fashions.(noun)
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Use "modiste" in a sentence
"I think that Calliope has lived in Friendship since the beginning, when she and Liddy Ember were partners in their little "modiste" shop."
"The 'modiste' will tell the philosopher that it is now the fashion to be severe; in a word, it is 'fesch'."
"“I rather stand in awe of a good milliner or modiste,” she nodded gravely."