From the Parisian House of Worth, or "Maison Worth" as the French would have it, comes a near mint condition 1950's haute couture coat~ a Devoré ground of black silk satin gives rise to luxurious velvet motifs. The brilliant velvet color varies with the light, but may quite aptly be described in terms of French wine~ ranging from sun-kissed rose to a rich sparkling burgundy.
As expected, the details of the piece's construction are astounding both inside and out. Flawless black silk satin lining and every seam and fabric edge hand-finished.
This coat would have been designed by a descendant of the most important fashion figure the world has ever seen~ Charles Frederick Worth~ the founder of the first fashion empire and the creator of Parisian couture. In the second half of the 19th century, if you were a royal or a wealthy and important traveler, your carriage was staged in front of Charles' atelier more than once. It was a couture monopoly.
This coat is a rarity indeed. The dynastic Maison Worth closed in the 1950's and the House of Worth became the stuff of museums and legend, so compelling it was reinvented in 2010.
Measuring 43" in length, 40" Bust when buttoned, 14" across the top of the shoulders at the armholes, 82" around the bottom hem including the luxurious pleats at the back on either side. The sleeves are ruched at the top, sculpted and narrow to a snug 8 1/2" at the slit wrist.
Original gold on black Worth label. Attached to the back of the label the gown is hand numbered on a white silk label. Freshly cleaned at our organic couture and vintage cleaners.
House of Worth Silk Velvet Devore Coat Haute Couture No. 2250