Worth Afternoon Dress 1907

Gaston Worth (1856–1926) was one of the two sons of Charles Frederick Worth, an Englishman who set up his atelier in Paris and is celebrated as fashion’s first couturier. Gaston carried on the running of House of Worth after their father’s death in 1895. This striking dress shows not only complex construction and layering, but also multi-facetted allusions to masculine costume and to 18th century revivalism in dress. This dress was owned by Ada Annie Nunn, the wife of a brewing heir – and an early motorcar enthusiast. Highly elaborate and aristocratic, this visiting costume requires a stretch of the imagination to be seen as practical daywear today.

Collection Manchester City Galleries 1947.4254

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