Monday, May 24, 2010

5 Days of Dresses: Day 1

Charles Frederick Worth, Evening Dress, 1862-65. Lavender silk taffeta; white silk satin and tulle; black velvet ribbon.

The House of Worth was the first maison de la couture and is famous in fashion history.

From Jan Glier Reeder's book High Style: Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

"Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895), was a charismatic and artistically gifted Englishman, who moved to Paris early in his career. Using his astute business sense, he capitalized on mid-nineteenth-century technological innovations such as the transatlantic steamship and the sewing machine. He was a primary force in transforming the French fashion system from a series of independent dressmaking shops into a major international industry."

Dress from the Brooklyn Museum's American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, one of many fine Worth dresses on display until August 1, 2010.

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