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House of Worth: The Birth of Haute Couture

House of Worth: The Birth of Haute Couture

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Arriving in Paris in 1845, at the age of twenty and with only a few francs in his pocket, Charles Frederick Worth would go on to build the most prominent, innovative, and successful fashion house of the century. He was inspired by a love of fine art, luxurious fabrics, and his vision of the female ideal, and was the first to set out to dictate new styles and silhouettes to his elite clientele-- not the other way around. He hosted them in his rue de la Paix salons, which included groundbreaking sportswear and maternity departments as well as silk, velvet, and brocade rooms, and a special salon with closed shutters and gas lighting designed to allow clients to try on ball gowns in lighting conditions precisely matched to those of the event at which they would be worn.

Organized chronologically and illustrated with striking ensembles, paintings, and documents sourced from both private family archives and the best fashion collections from museums around the world, The House of Worth is an inspiring tribute to the house that started it all.

Author: Chantal Trubert-Tollu, Francoise Tétart-Vittu, Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Published: 11/21/2017
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 5.10lbs
Size: 12.30h x 9.50w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780500519431

About the Author
Trubert-Tollu, Chantal: - Chantal Trubert-Tollu is Charles Frederick Worth's great, great-granddaughter. She has been collecting Worth documents and dresses for several years.Tétart-Vittu, Francoise: - Françoise Tétart-Vittu is an author and fashion and dress historian.Martin-Hattemberg, Jean-Marie: - Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg is an expert on the history of perfume and cosmetics, on which he has written several books.
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