Legacy Of Charles Fredrick Worth

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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 became interested in fashion when he worked for two London textile merchants and spent his leisure time studying the historical portraits of the National Gallery. His work draws a lot of inspiration from the clothing in those portraits, “convinced that the textiles and gowns portrayed were stylistically superior to prevailing fashion trends of the day.” (Haye and Mendes 13). Charles was determined to become a part of the fashion world. He moved to Paris to pursue a further career in fashion design and started working as a sales clerk and designer for Maison Gagelin-Opigez, Chazelle et Cie selling luxury shawls, silks and capes. He became their leading salesman and got his first position as a designer when he was allowed to open up his own small dressmaking department for the company. He dressed his co-worker and wife Marie Worth in dresses made from Gagelin fabric and trim for in and out of the store. Charles ' personal reputation as a dressmaker grew as women admired and requested similar designs of what she was wearing. He helped the company gain recognition by making prize-winning dress designs for the 1851Great Exhibition held in London and the Exposition Universelle of 1855 in …show more content…
Napoleon III restored the French Empire and set out making “a grand vision for both Paris and France, initiating changes and modernization that revitalized the French economy and made Paris into a showpiece of Europe.” (MET) The Empress Eugenie of France, who was to become Charles’s biggest patron, was introduced to his work by the wife of the Austrian Ambassador to the French Court, Princess Pauline von Metternich. Marie Worth went to the princess to persuade her to wear some of Charles ' designs. The princess was very impressed with the designs and bought two dresses, a morning dress and an evening gown, for 300 francs. She wore the evening dress she bought from him to one of the most prestigious social events in Paris - the Salle des Marechaux state ball, where it caught the eye of Empress Eugenie of France. The Empress admired Charles ' work and became a patron, making him her official designer in the late 1860s. Together they set fashion trends from changing sleeve styles on dresses and altering the shape of the crinoline between 1862 and 1867 to make new styles of

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