From the preeminent and elite House of Worth comes a fantastic gown and jacket ensemble. These pieces were commissioned and created in the couture house in the 1940's and come from the estate of a Washington diplomat. 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.
These elusive pieces are highly sought after.... the Worth dynasty retired in the 1950's.
The gown combines the old century with the dramatic style of the 1940's. A softened dropped bustle skirt, meant to be worn without a bustle, a 10" hint of a train, all descending from an elegant yet dramatic and sexy, angular, boned bodice.
The fabric is divine~ a silk moire which in low light appears a soft and rich brown, with hints of something spectacular to come. Raise or change the lighting and the gown transforms to rich shades of copper with iridescence of green. The fabric's effect on the voluminous skirt is beyond description.
The dress closes on the side with green metal zipper. The jacket, darted at every opportunity, even in the inside of the elbows, closes with self covered buttons. The pieces are beautifully hand finished in green thread.
Label: the white and cream Worth label with stamped number "211" on the rear.
Gown: 38" Bust; 28-29" Waist; 41" Hips; 60" Length front; 70" length in the rear;
Jacket: 38" Bust; 30" Waist; 17-21" Length; 25" Sleeve
Condition: Excellent; one broken slat in the bodice.