Ball gown, House of Worth (French, 1858–1956), silk, cotton, metallic thread, glass, metal, French

Ball gown

Design House:
House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)
silk, cotton, metallic thread, glass, metal
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Walter H. Page, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.251.4a, b
Not on view
Jean-Philippe Worth succeeded his father as designer for the House of Worth, creating to great favor the stiffened, slightly archaic, rococo revival of the turn of the century. The house continued its virtuoso technical achievements, as represented in this example, in which metallic thread is couched to render baskets and scrolling ribbons, and ivory marquisette is cut into circles and pulled in at the perimeter to make the soft three-dimensional petals that are then applied to the fabric. As the twentieth century began, these designs recalled the eighteenth century. Their artisanal opulence implied the conservative impulse of the couture opposed to the novelties of a new era.
Marking: [label] "Worth"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ceaseless Century," September 9, 1998–November 29, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity," May 5, 2010 – August 15, 2010.

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

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the Wertheimer Family," July 11, 2000–October 29, 2000.