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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)
Date:
1898–1900
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, cotton, glass
Dimensions:
Length (a): 17 in. (43.2 cm) Length at CF (b): 40 in. (101.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Eva Drexel Dahlgren, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.258.2a, b
Not on view
Worth's black roses suggest the melancholy and wistful world of poets Charles Baudelaire and Algernon Charles Swinburne. While less innovative than his famous father--who is known for establishing the standards and practices of the haute couture--Jean Philippe Worth nonetheless was technically proficient and, in this example, demonstrates that he knew the dramatic reading of a textile in black and white.
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