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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.

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Evening gown, Worth, ca. 1907. Royal blue satin with blue beads & rhinestones at bodice front. Sleeves & kick pleat at skirt front with assymetrical tulip panel. Beading follows line of hem to slightly trained skirt. Sotheby's

Court dress, Worth, ca. 1890. Brocaded satin woven with gold silk roses. Front plastron & skirt panels covered with silk floss & pearl-beaded roses. Hanging sleeves edged in silver braid. Made for the Russian court. Kerry Taylor Auctions/Invaluable

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

Afternoon dress, Worth, ca. 1910. Silk chiffon. Dress reflects fashion for the far east in its kimono style. Silhouette moves away from S-curve. Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum

~1880 Worth traveling dress for Empress Maria Feodorovna~

~Worth Evening Dress, 1894, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met~

Evening Gown (back view), House of Worth (founded 1858), Paris: ca. 1898, French, silk taffeta, silk chiffon, embroidery. Belonged to Queen Alexandrine of Denmark.

Temaer - Nationalmuseet

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

House of Worth, Voided-Velvet Purple Gown, Paris, 1896.

~Evening dress. Attributed to Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926), ca. 1908–10. Culture: French. Medium: silk, metal~ Met Museum.

Evening dress, House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Date: 1898–1900. From the Met.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Evening dress

Jean-Philippe Worth, Woman’s Midnight-blue/black velvet dress, 1896. MFA.

Woman’s dress | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jean-Philippe Worth, Woman’s Midnight-blue/black velvet dress, 1896. MFA.

Evening gown, Worth, ca. 1910. Cobalt blue silk velvet underdress with a peach velvet inset to the V-neckline and gold lace and net overlay. Velvet cummerbund and silk flower embellishment at the bust, lightly boned, with a small weighted hem train. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Dress (detail), Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) for the House of Worth (French, 1858–1956): ca. 1875-1876, French, silk, trims.

House of Worth | Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art