With Couture week in full swing and the forthcoming relaunch of the House of Schiaparelli (kicked off with a tribute collection from Christian Lacroix), we felt it would be an opportune moment to inject a bit of fashion history into all the show coverage.
Remembered as the “Father of Haute Couture,” Charles Frederick Worth was an Englishman in Paris, outfitting the court of the Second Empire of France. Although he was not the first couturier or the most superior dressmaker, Worth’s aggressive self-promotion along with his royal patrons helped to establish the House of Worth as a recognized and highly coveted label in the second half of the nineteenth century.
The status of his clientele, which included the French court and members of the nouveau riche, proved instrumental to the success of the House of Worth. Today, celebrities on red carpets can make or break a designer, however in the nineteenth century, it was society and official court portraits that provided a designer with a literal royal stamp of approval. To celebrate the career and enduring legacy of Worth, here are seven of the most recognized portraits featuring his designs