Evening Dress, House of Worth: 1900, French, velvet, ribbed silk. "The richness of the jewel-toned velvets produced at the end of the 19th century in France, obviated any need for embellishment. Here Worth has showcased the powerful ruby red of this evening dress with a simple, sleek skirt and stylized, wired bow sleeves...comparable austere, simple dresses were favored attire for formal portraiture and appear on many of the sitters portrayed by John Singer Sargent."
Suit, House of Worth: ca. 1912-1913, French, silk serge, applied silk braid in spiral and foliate patterns, silk pique, patent leather, tortoise shell, satin ribbon. "...Such attire was ideal for use in a professional context and for travel as it required a minimum of maintenance and could be accessorized to alter its appearance. A modicum of Worth’s signature embellishment here remains, with the interjection of decorative silk braid used to offset the austerity of the suit’s silhouette."
Black Silk Sleeveless Evening Gown | House of Worth (France) | ca.1898-1900 | French | Silk, Cotton| Length (a): 16.5 in. (41.9 cm) Length at CF (b): 40.25 in. (102.2 cm) | Gift of Miss Eva Drexel Dahlgren, 1976 | Accession #1976.258.4a, b | (Front bodice detail)
Dress, Evening House of Worth (French, 1858–1956) Date: 1895–96 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1935 Accession Number: 35.134.2a, b