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Dress (Ball Gown) House of Worth  (French, 1858–1956) Designer: Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926) Date: 1900 Culture: French Medium: silk, rhinestones

While white is now de rigueur for bridal attire, the fashion for white wedding gowns originated only in the late 19th century and was not commonplace until the 20th century. This dress is a good example of the more practical 19th century practice of brides wearing colored gowns for weddings. The wedding dresses could then be worn again for other receptions and social events.