Sunday, 10 July 2011

Worth's gilded cages


Haute couture's forefather wasn't from France yet, 
surprise surprise, an English fashion designer,
Mr. Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) whose
works were in truth produced in Paris for 19th
century demimondaines.


Together with Swedish associate Otto Bobergh
the Lincolnshire-born draper turned himself into
a dressmaker opening the 'House of Worth' in
1858 which was soon patronised by French
Empress Eugénie and later on by many titled,
wealthy and notable women.


His work is associated with flattering outlines
which came to redefine the female idea of
fashion, he came to display his creations
four times a year and he was the very first
designer to put a label onto his rich clothes.


The House of Worth tailoring tradition drew
to a close in 1952 yet it has been restored
to life recently by Italian designer Giovanni
Bedin who playfully celebrates its heritage
more than updating the style.


Bedin's fall/winter 2011-12 collection, called
”A Gilded Cage” referring to the luxurious yet 
constrictive woman's position in 1800's society,
shows short, dramatically proportioned
and highly-worked pieces strongly inspired
by corsets and crinoline in a captivating
compendium of girdled unique dresses.


Thought-provoking and voguish, in keeping
with Worth's hallowed tradition to the hilt.

images by vogue & theempressofdress.blogspot.com

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