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

Ball gown

Design House:
House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)
Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926)
ca. 1892
silk, crystal
Credit Line:
Gift of Orme Wilson and R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of their mother, Mrs. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor Wilson, 1949
Accession Number:
49.3.25a, b
Not on view
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.
Marking: [label] "J. Worth, Paris"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "La Belle Epoque," December 6, 1982–September 4, 1983.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seeds of Fashion," February 15, 1951–August 31, 1951.

Brooklyn Museum. "The Opulent Era: Fashions of Worth, Doucet & Pingat," December 1, 1989–February 26, 1990.

Visual Arts Gallery, The University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Fin-de-Siecle Faces: Portraiture in the Age of Proust," September 25, 1988–November 20, 1988.