|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.