Law-maker of European Fashion. Works of Charles
Worth and His Fashion House in the Hermitage Collection
For the first time on display are all the works made in the fashion house
of Charles Frederic Worth (1825-1895) that are presently kept in the Museum
funds. 18 costumes represent vivid examples of perfect skill and sense
of style. Visitors will have a beautiful chance to follow the development
of European fashion during the period of fifty years.
In 1857 Charles Worth founded a firm in Paris that soon became world famous.
Almost all royal families of Europe wore costumes made by Worth's firm.
His clients were first ladies of the high society and of demi-monde, actresses
among whom was the great Sarah Bernhard. Charles Worth got commission
from the Russian court. The morganatic wife of Alexander II Princess Yurievskaya,
Princess Paley, Duchess Baryatinskaya and her daughters were his clients.
The wife of Alexander III Maria Feodorovna commissioned her dresses in
the fashion house of Worth for more than 30 years. Most part of the costumes
on display belonged to her.
At the opening ceremony of the exhibition