Dinner dress

Design House House of Worth French
Designer Charles Frederick Worth French, born England

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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."

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

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