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Reception Gown (bodice and skirt)

House of Worth

Created: 1895-1900

One artist-designer of the nineteenth century, who garnered fame in the fashion world and was the first to capture international fame, was Charles Frederick Worth (1826-1895). His fashion designs were fresh and new and expensive. Worth truly earned his title as the “Father of Modern Haute Couture”.  One of the treasures of the Mint Museum Fashion Collection is a circa 1890 Evening/Reception Gown labeled “Paris – C. Worth – Paris” and is marked “56978” on the interior waistband, or petersham. The latter is believed to be an inventory/design number placed there by the House of Worth. This magnificent gown is made of ivory silk chiffon and ivory silk net over which has been sewn appliqués of black Alençon lace. The underskirt is made of ivory silk. The designer’s eye for detail and flawless workmanship, as seen in this dress, is characteristic of the high quality of French couturier fashions of the late nineteenth century. Also, this elegant gown is typical of just one of seven or eight outfits a fashionable lady in high society might wear within a single day. 

Accession Number: 2003.126.1A-B