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Ball gown

Design House:
House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)
Designer:
Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926)
Date:
ca. 1892
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, crystal
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm) Length at CB (b): 60 in. (152.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Orme Wilson and R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of their mother, Mrs. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor Wilson, 1949
Accession Number:
49.3.25a, b
Not on view
In instances of the elaborate patterns à la disposition, woven to ultimate configuration as a dress, the House of Worth created with great invention. Moreover, the textile is so rich and dense that the couturier has allowed the selvage, as thick as grosgrain ribbon, to be its own finish, embellished with silver beads and crystal embroidery. In this decision, the couture garment expresses a startling truth to its process, yet without mitigating its sumptuous effect.
Marking: [label] "J. Worth, Paris"
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