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  • Evening dress, 1893–1900
    Charles Frederick Worth (French, born England, 1825–1895)
    Silk
    Gift of James A. and Mary Elizabeth Kingsland, 1994 (1994.462a,b)

    In addition to day and evening fashions for upper-class society women, Worth also created clothes for special occasions, such as the as-yet-to-be-identified fancy-dress ball to which this dress would have been worn. Composed of a separate bodice and skirt executed in shocking pink and black taffeta with paste buttons, machine lace trim, and pleated silk chiffon fichu, this gown illustrates the fashion for eighteenth-century revival, a popular theme for extravagant costume parties of the period. The narrow sleeves of the garment, along with the double-breasted masculine tailoring, imitation cut-steel buttons, lace fichu, and open front skirt, refer to fashionable women's styles of the 1770s.

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  • Evening dress, 1893–1900
    Charles Frederick Worth (French, born England, 1825–1895)
    Silk
    Gift of James A. and Mary Elizabeth Kingsland, 1994 (1994.462a,b)

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