Ball gown

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

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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.

Ball gown, House of Worth (French, 1858–1956), silk, crystal, French

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