Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris)
Gift of Mary Pierrepont Beckwith, 1969
Not on view
Moss roses are distinctive for the mossy growth on their calyx lobes, hips, and flower stalks. In this dress, they are shown only as buds, the splendid anticipation of full-blown beauty. Sir Walter Scott in Lady of the Lake (1810), wrote, "the rose is fairest when 'tis budding new."