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Evening coat

Design House:
House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)
Designer:
Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1910
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metallic thread
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Coleman and Mrs. Chas. H. Erhart, Jr., 1975
Accession Number:
1975.383.1
Not on view

A woman's complete wardrobe from the House of Worth was sure to include outerwear like this padded evening coat of silk brocade with a floral motif on a figured satin ground. Worth's sons kept many of the key elements of their father's designs alive, such as references to historic dress. Both the color and motif of the textile in this example are reminiscent of eighteenth-century textile design. The shape of the rich velvet collar, with its trim of metallic lace, conjures associations with seventeenth-century portraits. Yet the cocoon-like shape of the jacket dates it to the early twentieth century and makes it a precursor to the clutch coat style of the 1920s.

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