Paris, France 1856 – 1926
[Dinner dress] c.1902 Description: bodice, skirt, petticoat, original box
Collection Title: Dinner dress
Place made: Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Materials & Technique: costume and dress, textiles dresses, Silk satin five-panel trained skirt; bodice with handmade bobbin lace collar, machine tulle trim at neck, handmade tulle trim along front edge, silk rosettes
Jean-Philippe Worth, as the leading designer in The House of Worth, was well known for his opulent gowns of great elegance. Afternoon dress was created for Mary Crowninshield Endicott Chamberlain, the step-mother of the future British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and wife of politician and social reformer Joseph Chamberlain. It is typical of Worth’s magnificent attention to overall form, texture and detail.
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