Costume and Textiles
Woman's Two-Piece Day Dress: Bodice and Skirt
Worth used a brightly brocaded floral silk to soften the austerity of the black silk faille. Curved seams give the bodice an hourglass shape, which is accented by satin-edged triangular inserts of the brocade at front and back. Full hips are enhanced by a puffed overskirt, bordered in front by iridescent beaded fringe over the brocade center panel. The floral fabric is most dramatic down the back of the skirt, where it emerges from under the bodice's bustle tails to flow into a graceful train.Made in France, Europe
Designed by Charles Frederick Worth, English (active Paris), 1825 - 1895
Silk faille and brocaded silk lampas weave trimmed with lace, silk satin, and beads
Currently not on view
1996-19-7a,b125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the heirs of Charlotte Hope Binney Tyler Montgomery, 1996
LabelDuring the late nineteenth century, American women flocked to Charles Frederick Worth's salon. The couturier cultivated the persona of an artist, modeling his image on that of Rembrandt, complete with a beret, a floppy, knotted silk scarf at the neck, and a loose, fur-trimmed coat. A contemporary, George Augustus Sala, described Worth as a man "who combines the suavity of a Granville, the diplomatic address of Metternich, the firmness of a Wellington, and the prompt coup d'oeil of a Napoleon."