The House of Worth
"In 1860, Englishman Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) founded a Parisian atelier that defined the luxurious standards of the haute couture and set high fashion's stylistic course for the balance of the 19th century." -- From "Demystifying the Haute Couture" online exhibit, Museum of the City of New York
A Charles Frederick Worth brocaded satin Russian court dress, circa 1890, un-labelled, the satin woven with gold silk roses, the front plastron and skirt panels entirely covered with floss silk and pearl beaded roses, the bodice with hanging sleeves edged in silver braid, bust approx 86cm, 34in, waist 66cm, 26in; together with three non-related Russian embroidered panels (qty) Provenance: Sophie Benckendorff (nee Shuvalov) c.1860-1925.
Evening gown, Worth, 1880. Boned bodice in bronze satin w/embroidered cream satin panel on front. Chantilly lace at long neckline & half-length sleeves. Hidden hook/eye closure in front w/rouge satin-covered buttons & sage satin bows w/rhinestone buckles. Skirt in cream satin w/floral embroidery & pintucks, split in front to show 3 bands of ruffled Chantilly lace, each w/sage green bow & rhinestone buckle. Bustle in bronze satin w/bow & buckle, extending to train. Leslie Hindman/Invaluable
Labeled, House of Worth C. 1912-1913, Black velvet and pink satin, rhinestone evening dress. Dress with net and rhinestone bodice in lattice, falling over shoulders, 3/4 skirt of black velvet falling from high waist, open sides pulled up and faced with pink satin, back with long train and drawn up at sides. Front view