Friday, February 15, 2013

The House of Worth

I love the beading on this exquisite 1882 dress by Charles Frederick Worth.

The Met’s exhibit Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity opens February 26, 2013 and I couldn’t be more excited to see it. Coming straight from Paris, it is an examination through both paintings and period dress of the relationship between fashion and art from the mid-1860s to the 1880s, when Paris emerged as the style capital of the world.

In honor of this show I am sharing some pictures of a few of the glorious Charles Frederick Worth gowns that the Met owns. I don’t know if any of them will be on display since the exhibit is a joint effort between them, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, but I hope so, I love the opportunity to see the work of Worth, considered by fashion historians (including myself) as the father of haute couture.

This 1882 gown seems slightly bridal to me but I bet it was an evening gown.

I love the stripes on this 1885 Walking dress.

I know Coco Chanel rebelled against this look but I can’t help but be charmed by it.

Worth made this 1889 cape Tulipes Hollandaises to highlight the gorgeous textile by A.M. Gourd & Cie.

Worth worked in textiles before designing and remained a lifelong proponent of the industry.

The colors in this 1875 Afternoon dress (!) are amazing.

I can’t believe how well-preserved this dress is!

I got to see this at the 2010 exhibit American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection.

I mean, I am dying just looking at this detail, it is so beautiful.

All images courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

10 comments:

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Thanks so much for these tours you take us on, Jill....I would have died in the heat...how did middle aged women wear these????

A Well Styled Life said...

These may not be my taste, but they are stunning!! Such amazing workmanship and details. The bustles are a hoot. No wonder Chanel rebelled against them. Thanks for sharing these with us. Have a great weekend.
Jennifer

Anne said...

That blue dress is astounding! but i'm sure glad we don't have to wear things like that nowadays... i wouldn't be able to move!

grunge-queen said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jill! Though these lovely frocks do make you wonder: just how easy was it to actually walk in a "walking dress"? Xo

Paula Ruta said...

I am fascinated also by all the details and craftsmanship that we no longer have! the dresses are just beautiful.

I have a great book with details like this and I just stare at the pictures..

Veshoevius said...

These are exquisite! Yes you're right that Chanel would not approve but design houses like McQueen and Vivienne Westwood still draw inspiration from these shapes and silhouettes because lets face it, they are quite beautiful. Dying over that tulip cape!!

FASHION TALES said...

Marvellous post Jill! I love posts like this it's right up my background. My favourite is the striped gown, and also love the beading in the first gown. Such excellent works! I'd wear that striped gown in a heartbeat!! Hope you're doing well dear. xx/Madison

happyface313 said...

I don't think I could wear any of the dresses, but they are stunning and very beautiful! Thanks for all the photos and information :-)
One of these days I will come to New York and you will have to take me on a special tour to all these interesting museums and show me all your books xo :-D

happyface313 said...

I don't think I could wear any of the dresses, but they are stunning and very beautiful! Thanks for all the photos and information :-)
One of these days I will come to New York and you will have to take me on a special tour to all these interesting museums and show me all your books xo :-D

Marla Robinson said...

These dresses and gowns are amazing.