1888: House of Balmain. "The inspiration for this dress was a design created by Worth for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830-1916). She was known for her keen fashion sense as well as strict health and beauty regimen."
This green silk dress was made by an English designer named Charles Fredrick Worth in about 1888 for Princess Maria Maximilianova Romanovska (1841-1914), granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I and great-granddaughter of Empress Josephine (from her marriage prior to Napoleon). The dress is made in green silk velvet with real silver trim and is really grand with this 12-foot train.
Court Presentation Dress by the House of Worth ca. 1885. This grand dress was worn for a presentation to Princess Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925) at the court of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). Being presented to royalty was an aspiration for many Americans at the time and justifies the purchase of such an elaborate gown for such a situation.