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does "premiere"mean "traning" here?

At first, Gabrielle had infinite difficulty adapting to the exigencies of business. She possessed little comprehension of how to deal with the pretty women who appeared for the first time and whom she knew to be clients of Reboux, Georgette, or Suzanne Talbot. These competitors, all famous, "arrived" women, had passed through the hard school of Parisian ateliers, submitted at a young age to training under a severe and demanding première. As a result, they knew all the subtleties of the trade. This was certainly not the case with Gabrielle Chanel, who had received no professional preparation whatever. A certain looseness prevailed in that first boutique, where the comings and goings proved enormously intriguing to a tradition-minded public. Sometimes it was the handsome Boy, sometimes Leon de Laborde, and then again it could be Balsan who dropped in to say bonjour.

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    In this context, premiere means the leading actress. Mayllt, I think you can get most of these definitions in a dictionary.


    Première is the French word for a "first performance", such as the first performance of a play.

    I think "premiere" here refers to the opening of a business, but the use of "under" with it puzzles me. it sounds as if it should refer to a person. I've looked in a French dictionary for alternate meanings, but haven't found anything that fits.

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