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

Evening dress

Design House:
House of Worth (French, 1858–1956)
Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Frederick M. Godwin, 1954
Accession Number:
Not on view
Severe corsetting falling at the natural waist, a flaring skirt, and the return of gigot sleeves constituted a fin-de-siècle extremism. The engorgement of sleeves and skirt made this extreme constriction seem even more exaggerated in the context of the bulbous shapes surrounding the ideal, hard, narrow waist. The style was maintained well into the twentieth century as a flattering stage effect by actresses such as Sarah Bernhardt.
Marking: [label] Worth of Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Waist Not," March 30, 1994–August 21, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Fashion," October 23, 1967–January 1, 1968.

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

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. "Evolution of Fashion, 1935–1895," April 1980–June 1980.