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history-of-fashion · 2 days ago
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1896 Wedding dress by House of Worth, France
silk, pearl
(Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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five-o-clock-tea · 4 months ago
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René Lalique for House of Worth. Perfume bottle Dans la nuit (In the Night), c. 1924.
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fripperiesandfobs · a month ago
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Russian court dress by Worth ca. 1888
From Cora Ginsburg (auctioned 2005, now in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art)
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gentlyepigrams · 3 months ago
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Evening dress by House of Worth, 1893–95. The MET.
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• Walking suit.
Design House: House of Worth (French, 1858–1956); Designer: Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris)
Date: ca. 1889
Medium: Silk
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dailyhistoryposts · 2 months ago
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Charles Frederick Worth
The Father of Fashion, the Head of the House of Worth.
Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) was an English fashion designer, generally considered to be the first fashion designer (by modern definitions) in the world.
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Worth was born to a poor family in a small market town in England. His father abandoned his mother, Worth, and his four siblings (only one other of which survived til adulthood)--after draining all their money. Worth began working at age 11 in a printer's shop, but after only a year he moved to London to begin his apprenticeship in a department store. Before he even turned 20, he was working at a leading British textile store.
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At the age of 21, Worth moved to Paris. Though he spoke absolutely no French at the time, he quickly became a sales assistant at a fabric firm that sold expensive silks and cashmeres to high society, including the dressmakers at the Parisian court.
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Worth began sewing dresses--first simple, but eventually gained enough success and popular to open a dress department. His dresses became famous for their beauty and craftsmanship, and were displayed in The Great Exhibition of 1851 in London and the Exposition Universelle of 1855 in Paris.
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He quickly found success making ball dresses for the princesses of Europe, but in 1860, he became the favored dressmaker for Empress Eugénie of the French Empire. She ordered 250 dresses from Worth for the opening of the Suez Canal in Egypt.
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His dresses became widely known and recognizable--one could tell a Worth dress just by looking at it. He also changed the social dynamics--rather than dressmakers doing in-home fittings, his salon became a social hub of the wealthy and well-connected. Worth also, famously, outright told his clients (noblewomen, mainly) if he thought their fashion choices were ugly.
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His fashion house has over 1,200 staff at its peak sewing dresses, mixing hand sewing and machine sewing for custom orders and showcases. He had two major innovations: he narrowed the silhouette of the crinoline--then large enough to be a physical hindrance to women--and he invented a walking skirt with a hemline at ankle length. The scandal!
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He died at age 69 in Paris of pneumonia. More than just a dressmaker, he completely changed the marketing and selling of dresses in the fashion industry. He, unique for his time, viewed fashion as an art foremost, creating dresses that were uniquely his. He was the first designer to put labels in his clothes.
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shewhoworshipscarlin · 4 months ago
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Evening dress by House of Worth, 1890.
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marzipanandminutiae · 2 months ago
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Project Victorian Runway
“Designers, make it Worth!”
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velvetcloak · a year ago
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house of worth (1898 – 1900) evening gown
A superb example of dressmaking from the House of Worth, this dress exhibits the aesthetic of the last years of the nineteenth century. The fashionable reverse S-curve silhouette of the dress and the dramatic scroll pattern of the textile reflect the influence of the Art Nouveau movement. The striking graphic juxtaposition of the black velvet on an ivory satin ground creates the illusion of ironwork, with curving tendrils emphasizing the fashionable shape of the garment. In order to achieve this effect, the textile was woven à la disposition, with the intent that each piece would become a specific part of the dress. With this technique, the design of the fabric is intrinsic to the design of the dress.
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omgthatdress · 4 months ago
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Charles Fredrick Worth, 1872
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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history-of-fashion · 2 months ago
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ab. 1872 Afternoon dress by Charles Frederick Worth (House of Worth)
silk, mother-of-pearl, metal
(Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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fripperiesandfobs · 6 months ago
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Worth evening coat ca. 1900
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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gentlyepigrams · 9 days ago
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Oak Leaf Dress designed by House of Worth for Lady Mary Curzon, 1902. Fashion Museum, Bath.
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alwaysalwaysalwaysthesea · 5 months ago
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Dress by House of Worth made of “Tulipes Hollandaises” silk textile designed by A. M. Gourd & Cie and manufactured by Morel, Poeckès & Paumlin, 1889.
(source: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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jeannepompadour · 6 months ago
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1904 Byzantine style dres by Worth, worn by Comtesse Greffulhe
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fashion-plates · 8 months ago
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Gazette du Bon Ton, 1924
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sartorialadventure · 5 months ago
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Ball gown, 1898-1900, French. Attributed to House of Worth
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costumeloverz71 · a month ago
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Evening Ensemble - House Of Worth  c.1878
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fitswilliamdarcy · 3 months ago
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Exploring the online Met Costume Institute collection
Ensemble & Evening Gown by House of Worth (1898-1900)
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