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Evening dress
  • Evening dress
    Worth, Charles Frederick, born 1825 - died 1895
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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1897 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Worth, Charles Frederick, born 1825 - died 1895 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin, machine-embroidered lace and tulle, embroidered with pastes, boned bodice, lined with silk taffeta

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Soame Jenyns

  • Museum number:

    T.433&A-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a fine example of the fin-de-siècle ball gown. It belonged to Miss Anne Thomson of Philadelphia, daughter of Frank Thomson, an early collector of Impressionist paintings.

The dress is embellished with lace motifs in a pattern of carnations and embroidered with pastes (imitation gemstones). Deep swags of pink roses are draped over the upper arms, and pink tulle is arranged in bows on the shoulder and as trimming on the hem of the skirt. Similar dresses with bows on the shoulder and floral trimmings are illustrated in The Queen for 1897.

The dress is reminiscent of designs by the couturier Charles Frederick Worth. Although Worth favoured tulle and flowers, this model does not appear in the guard books of his designs.

Physical description

Evening dress of pink satin, consisting of matching bodice and skirt, trimmed with machine embroidered lace motifs, pastes, artificial pink roses and ruches of gathered tulle.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1897 (designed)

Artist/maker

Worth, Charles Frederick, born 1825 - died 1895 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Satin, machine-embroidered lace and tulle, embroidered with pastes, boned bodice, lined with silk taffeta

Marks and inscriptions

'WORTH PARIS'
Gilt cursive signature, printed on waist band

'97888'
Written in ink on reverse of waist band

Descriptive line

Evening dress of satin and tulle, possibly designed by Charles Frederick Worth, Paris, ca. 1897

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes; Embroidery

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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