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L’Histoire de Mode~ “The Father of Haute Couture” pt. II

Much of his work is associated with the movement to

redefine the female fashionable shape, removing

excessive ruffles and frills and using rich fabrics in

simple but flattering outlines.He is credited as the first

designer to put labels onto the clothing he manufactured.

Worth gave his customers luxurious materials and

meticulous fit. Rather than let the customer dictate

the design, as had previously been dressmaking practice,

four times a year he displayed model dresses at fashion

shows. His patronesses would pick a model, which

would then be sewn in fabrics of their choice and

tailored to their figure. Worth became so popular

that he had to turn customers away. He was the

first courturier and considered more of an artist

than an aritsan. Worth and Bobergh shut down

during the Franco-Prussian War and re-opened

in 1871, without Bobergh, as the House of Worth.

He left the business to his sons, one, Gaston, of whom is

the Founder of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

The House of  Worth eventually closed in 1956 after

taken over by Jeanne Paquin.

His Work:

Edwardian Period

Charles Worth 1898

Charles Worth 1861

Dress for Maria Fyodorovna, 1880-1890, satin, silk

House of Worth, Silk English Dress 1886

Worth is also the creator of the Bustle

House of  Worth also had a

successful line of make-up

and perfumes, some

can be found


L’Histoire de Mode~ “The Father of Haute Couture” pt. I


Charles Frederick Worth

Although I’d love to just write about Mr. Worth to the ends

of Earth, this is afterall a blog & most people are like rats on crack so

I must keep it short. However, the link to the wiki page is connected

to his name. I am just going to sum it up for you right here. I was

obsessed with the man in college because of one of my

instructors, JS (I don’t know if I

have permission to

post her name).



Charles Frederick Worth was born in England, 13 October 1825.

He worked for several London drapery shops prior to moving to

Paris in 1846. His big break came when he was hired by a famous

Parisian drapery house where he met his wife, Marie Vernet, one

of the houses models.  (At this time models were used strictly for

draping shawls, hats, and other accessories of the time.)  He began

making dresses for her & other women began to ask him to make

copies for them. Worth began using his wife as his in house model

in which she would be used for both samples and showings within

the boutique, as result Marie Vernet became the world’s first Super

Model (Take that Janice Dickinson!!). This gained him fame and

he caught the attention of Eugénie de Montijo a.k.a Empress

Eugénie, wife of Napolean III (the French emperor). Eventually

he made the garments for the rest of her court. The next patron

to his talent was Pauline von Metternich, Princess of Austria.

Patrons came from New York and Boston came to see his

work and buy them.