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House of Worth: 1902; French, silk, rhinestones, metal This is a very beautiful example of a Belle Époque dress emphasizing the aesthetic for pastel colors and light materials. The cutout work of the chiné applied to the lace is an outstanding feature which adds liveliness to the flowers, as if they were growing. Chiné is expensive to make as the pattern is printed on the warp before the weft is woven in, thus producing the blurred effect, reminiscent of a Claude Monet (1840-1926) painting.

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Evening dress, by Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926), c. 1907–10. From the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Evening Dress Jean-Philippe Worth, 1898-1900 The Metropolitan... (OMG that dress!)

Evening Dress Jean-Philippe Worth, 1898-1900 The Metropolitan...

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