Evening dress

Design House House of Worth French
Designer Jean-Charles Worth French

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The House of Worth saw business decline in the early years of the twentieth century, as it lost favor among a younger clientele. The house began to advertise for the first time in the 1920s, calling attention not only to its distinguished heritage but also to its ability to create modern, youthful designs. This dress demonstrates designer Jean-Charles Worth’s talent for embracing a modern aesthetic and silhouette while honoring the tradition of refined workmanship on which the house had built its reputation. Composed of silk tulle, the gown is densely embroidered with silver glass bugle beads that extend into deep layers of fringe and are worked into intricate braids at the shoulders. That the dress has survived is remarkable, given the fragility of the materials used in its composition.

Evening dress, House of Worth (French, 1858–1956), silk, glass, French

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