Charles Fredrick Worth

The Work and Legacy of Charles Fredrick Worth Charles Fredrick Worth was a very influential figure in the fashion world, during his life and still after his death. He created a lot of new changes in the fashion world, from making his own ideas of fashionable dress for clients, to creating two fashion shows a year for the hot and cold season, and having live models show off his clothing to clients in his store. Charles Fredrick Worth was a dictatorial couturier, who designed and determined what style of dress his clients would wear. Women across the world congregated to his store to view and buy his latest designs for the season. He knew how to design and promote his clothes for the upper-class women of Europe and beyond. His success as a designer …show more content…
He left Gagelin and partnered with Otto Gustav Bobergh, a Swedish man with enough business experience and money to invest, to open his own store in the first floor at 7 rue de la Paix in the 2nd arroundissement. He started with 20 seamstresses and by the 1870s had over 1000 employed there. Charles developed Haute Couture when he made clothes from his own ideas and presented the finished clothes to them for approval. “While [Charles Worth] still created one-of-a-kind pieces for his most important clients, he is especially known for preparing a variety of designs that were shown on live models at the House of Worth. Clients made their selections and had garments tailor-made in Worth 's workshop.” (Krick) Before the customer would bring their own fabrics to the dressmaker and describe and dictate what they wanted the designer to make for them, known as “couture a facon” – dressmaking for the individual. Charles also knew he had to show his new clothing collections twice a year in advance of the season to wear it. For example, in the case of clients spending the summer in their cottages, it was better for them to see the new Spring/Summer collection in January and make their selection ahead of time before leaving. He also had a large group of international clientele from America and across European countries, who would come to the Paris store to be fitted and buy whole new wardrobes from his collections. Clients were invited to view the collection in order to make a choice of what they wanted to buy. The collection would be shown in the store on live models, which would become the catwalk in the future. Charles ' system allowed the designer to have a lead role in the creative process and decide what clothing style would be popular for the

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