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Worth Wedding Dress (French), Met Museum, 1896
Worth Bridesmaid’s Dress, Met Museum, 1896
I’ll end here with one of my favorite Worth gowns.
“A superb example of dressmaking from the House of Worth, this dress exhibits the aesthetic of the last years of the nineteenth century. The fashionable reverse S-curve silhouette of the dress and the dramatic scroll pattern of the textile reflect the influence of the Art Nouveau movement. The striking graphic juxtaposition of the black velvet on an ivory satin ground creates the illusion of ironwork, with curving tendrils emphasizing the fashionable shape of the garment. In order to achieve this effect, the textile was woven à la disposition, with the intent that each piece would become a specific part of the dress. With this technique, the design of the fabric is intrinsic to the design of the dress.”
by House of Worth
Afternoon Tea provided the perfect setting to demonstrate the new freedom advancing in women’s dress for the sophisticated elite.
Since Afternoon Teas were mostly attended by family and close friends, the hostess’ tea gown was often uncorseted for the first time in centuries, introducing the casual form of dress our society has adopted to the present day.
Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris)