I know everyone wants to hear about the talk and see pictures, but that won’t happen yet for three reasons 1) I’m exhausted, 2) I hardly took any, so have to wait to get them from other people and 3) I’ve been asked to do a last minute talk on Sat and it gives me an excuse to pull out a few dresses I haven’t shown in a long time, so I’m frantic with that.
So, in lieu of a Pompeii to Paris post, here is a pretty eye candy post in response to a readers question about early Worth gowns.
There aren’t a lot of extent Worth gowns from before 1870 around, but the ones that are are fascinating glimpses into his aesthetic development, as he became more adventurous with colours and trim.
Here are the early Worth gowns I can find images of:
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
From the Chicago History Museum
From the Museo de la Moda:
From the FIDM Museum:
From the Royal Ontario Museum:
More dresses were on display at the ‘Sous l’Empire des Crinolines‘ exhibition at the Musee Galliera in Paris.
Some of the gowns in ‘Sous l’Empire des Crinolines‘ were borrowed from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, not surprising as they have what may be the largest collection of early Worth gowns, including a beautiful golden ivory example, and a luscious apple green frock, and a sweet taupe & rose ensemble.
From Beverly Birks Vintage Haute Couture Collection:
And from the Museum of the City of New York come four fabulous early Worth frocks, including what may be the earliest identified Worth gown and a stunning extent wedding dress with two bodices.
There are also a couple of (well done) remakes of some of Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s most famous Worth dresses of the 1860s. Unfortunately, I have yet to identify who made them!
Also check out this Flickr set of scans from a 1920s book of Worth fashions – it features a couple of early, and rare, photographs of the women in Worth ballgowns of the 1860s.