Today we feature another ball gown from Maison Worth, in this case one from circa 1895 from Drouot, a French antique auction website:
As noted in previous posts, late 1890s and early 1900s ball gowns designed by Worth featured simple silhouettes with the emphasis being placed on the fabric itself with a minimum of trim.
The gown was made of a silk lampas brocade that was expressly woven for Worth by Tassinari & Chatel1Located in Lyon, France, Tassinari & Chatel still exists today. in a “Reine des fleurs” pattern taken from a drawing of the original decoration of the bedroom of Madame du Barry in Versailles. Here’s a view of the train:
And a close-up of the bodice:
As with many of Worth’s designs, ivory chiffon was often draped around the neckline and incorporated into the shoulders. Although this was no doubt done to frame the head/face and provide a little contrast to the fashion fabric, it looks a bit overdone to us. The fashion fabric is overly obscured and its effect diminished. Of course, we’re looking at chiffon that’s over 100 years old so who knows? 😉 And now for some close-ups of the fashion fabric:
The above pictures give a good view of the pattern and just how intricate it was. Silk lampas fabric in smiliary patterns can still be obtained today from Tassinari & Chatel but trust us, it’s not inexpensive. 😆 This dress is an amazing piece of art and is yet another stunning example of Maison Worth’s range of styles.