A Quick Look At A Worth Ballgown…

In the course of doing photo dress research, it’s sometimes easy to miss interesting details because of the way that the garment is staged as in the case of this circa 1899 ballgown made by Maison Worth for Margaret Georgina Curzon, the sister of George Curzon, Viceroy of India:

Dress, 1899; John Bright Collection

Dress, 1899; John Bright Collection

The skirt is constructed of an ivory silk satin decorated with a wheat motif with turquoise velvet ribbon and jeweling. And below is the bodice. According to the John Bright Collection website, the bodice is too fragile to be placed on a mannequin for display, hence why it’s flat in the pictures.

It’s easy to overlook this ballgown since the bodice is displayed flat but one can make out the turquoise silk velvet trim and jeweling against an ivory silk satin fashion fabric combined with white lace and dark turquoise netting. Here’s a view of the bodice interior:

This ballgown is very similar to this one that was made by Maison Worth in 1900:

Worth, Ball Gown, 1900; Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009.300.1250a, b)

Close-Up Of Skirt Design

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