This 1890 House of Worth embroidered colorful leaf motif silk-velvet bodice jacket is in a class of its own. Established in 1858, Charles Worth's Paris fashion salon soon attracted European royalty and is credited with revolutionizing the business of fashion. He was the first to use live models in order to promote his garments to clients and sew branded labels into his clothing. This breathtaking garment is fashioned from textured multi-colored floral leaf motif silk-velvet and chantilly-lace trim. The velvet appears abstract at first glance but as you look closer, the exotic floral motif draws the viewer in with its highly-stylized pattern. The gorgeous hand-painted scenic novelty island buttons are a work of art in their own right. The design perfectly captures the beginning of the Art Nouveau aesthetic. Such a sumptuous presentation with the short front and dramatic back tails silhouette. This is an extraordinary example of Victorian beauty and special find for the serious collector. A rare piece of fashion history in museum quality.
Bust: 32-33 inches
Waist: 24 inches
Front Length: 23 inches
Back Length With Tails: 36 inches
This House of Worth Haute-Couture custom bodice jacket is in excellent wearable condition with no stains, rips or holes. The inside is immaculate and all hand-finished. Only sign of age is some minor wear to the top shoulders. The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today. Museum quality and appears to have been worn little if at all.