Evening ensemble Design House: House of Worth Designer: Attributed to Charles Frederick Worth Designer: Attributed to Jean-Philippe Worth Date: 1893 Culture: French Medium: silk, linen, metal Accession Number: 2009.300.622a–c
This unique 1872 Ball Gown by House of Worth has a fascinating history! Worth rarely adapted forms from the East, however, in this unusual example, he has emulated Middle Eastern enamels. The gown was worn by Mrs. William De Forest Manice at both the French and English courts during the reigns of Napoleon III and Queen Victoria. When worn on such occasions, the dress had a detachable brocade train, since destroyed. Source: MET. #VictorianStyle
Bustle gown with ball and dinner bodices, by Charles Frederick Worth, circa 1885. Silk brocade, silk satin, and cotton lace. The fabric has stalks of grain and large blossoms, common motifs in Worth's designs. Acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum Collection in 2007 for the exhibit "After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress."