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House of Worth | Ball gown | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ball gown (c. 1872), by Charles Frederick Worth. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Worth rarely scrutinized or adapted forms from the East. More often, he was an instrument of Western taste that was projected globally via imperialism; he is said to have created 250 dresses for Empress Eugénie for the opening of the Suez Canal. But in this unusual example he emulated Middle Eastern enamels. The gown was worn by Mrs. William DeForest Manice, at both the French and English courts.
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Evening Dress, House of Worth: 1900, French, velvet, ribbed silk. "The richness of the jewel-toned velvets produced at the end of the 19th century in France, obviated any need for embellishment. Here Worth has showcased the powerful ruby red of this evening dress with a simple, sleek skirt and stylized, wired bow sleeves...comparable austere, simple dresses were favored attire for formal portraiture and appear on many of the sitters portrayed by John Singer Sargent."