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The globalization of textile and garment manufacturing is changing the economics of the entire fashion system, but the couture, which really exists only in Paris, retains its prestige and helps to drive an array of luxury goods from perfume to handbags and ready-to-wear lines. Continuing a tradition established many years ago by the Englishman Charles Frederick Worth and the Italian Elsa Schiaparelli, many of the most influential designers in Paris (such as Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano)…

The globalization of textile and garment manufacturing is changing the economics of the entire fashion system, but the couture, which really exists only in Paris, retains its prestige and helps to drive an array of luxury goods from perfume to handbags and ready-to-wear lines. Continuing a tradition established many years ago by the Englishman Charles Frederick Worth and the Italian Elsa Schiaparelli, many of the most influential designers in Paris (such as Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano)…

In 1845 Worth left London, where he had worked in a yard-goods firm, for Paris, where he was employed in a dress accessories shop. His timing was propitious, as the creation of the Second Empire (1852) ushered in a new era of prosperity. With the reinvigoration of Parisian political and intellectual life, Worth established his own ladies’ tailor shop in 1858. Through Princess Metternich, wife of the Austrian ambassador to France (see Klemens, Fürst von Metternich), he gained the patronage of…

Charles Frederick Worth: Pioneer fashion designer and one of the founders of Parisian haute couture. In 1845 Worth left London, where he had worked in a yard-goods firm, for Paris, where he was employed.

For Ready-to-Wear Brands, Paris Couture Promises New Space and Opportunity | Intelligence | BoF

For Ready-to-Wear Brands, Paris Couture Promises New Space and Opportunity

For Ready-to-Wear Brands, Paris Couture Promises New Space and Opportunity | Intelligence | BoF

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While the designer still created one-of-a-kind pieces for his most important clients, he is especially known for preparing a variety of designs that were shown on live models at the House of Worth. Clients made their selections and had garments tailor-made in Worth’s workshop.  Although Worth was not the first or only designer to organize his business in this way, his aggressive self-promotion earned him the titles “father of haute couture” and “the first couturier.”

Charles Frederick Worth and the House of Worth

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