The House of Worth, 1858-1954

The Birth of Haute Couture


The first illustrated monograph dedicated to the history of the House of Worth, the world’s first haute couture house


ISBN: 9780500519431 Category:

Chantal Trubert-Tollu, Françoise Tétart-Vittu, Fabrice Olivieri, Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg


Arriving in Paris in 1845, at the age of twenty and with only a few francs in his pocket, Charles Frederick Worth would go on to build the most prominent, innovative and successful fashion house of the century. Worth was inspired by a love of fine art, luxurious fabrics and his vision of the female ideal. He was the first to set out to dictate new styles and silhouettes to his elite clientele – not the other way around – hosting them in his rue de la Paix salons, which included ground-breaking ‘sportswear’ and ‘maternity’ departments, as well as silk, velvet and brocade rooms, and a special salon with closed shutters and gas lighting designed to allow clients to try on ball gowns in lighting conditions precisely matched to those of the event.

Organized chronologically and illustrated with striking ensembles (including photographs of details that reveal the garments’ intricate construction and craftsmanship), paintings and documents sourced from both private family archives and the best fashion collections from museums around the world, The House of Worth is an inspiring tribute to the house that started it all.

Additional information

Weight 2334 g
Dimensions 24.2 x 31.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 November 2017
Number of pages 336
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.2 x 31.5 cm
Weight 2334 g


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