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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)
Date:
1898–1900
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Eva Drexel Dahlgren, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.258.3a, b
Not on view
By the 1890s, Worth was using large-sized ornament and was increasing simplifying his silhouette. He created this dress by separating zones of monumental schematic roses with highly stylized bands of rose leaves and sprigs. Worth's rose thus became graphic design, neither botany nor keepsake. The rose's popularity reached an apogee in 1899 with the formation of the American Rose Society.
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