Evening GownEvening Gown
House of Worth
ca. 1912

Note the absence of the severe corseted "S" shape and the way this gown, with its columnar form, falls softly from the shoulders.

Englishman Charles Frederick Worth established his dressmaking business in Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century. His designs were favored by Empress Eugenie of France and other European royals. He is credited with establishing the foundations and conventions of the couture business and placing Paris at its forefront. Following his death in 1895, his business was carried on by his sons Gaston-Lucien and Jean-Philippe.

Gift of the Museum of the City of New York

LSM #1957.059