Charles Frederick Worth (1826-1895) is widely considered the Father of Haute Couture. He dominated Parisian fashion in the latter half of the nineteenth century.
He completely revolutionised the business of dressmaking. He was the first of the couturiers, dressmakers considered artists rather than mere artisans.
Much of his work is associated with the movement to redefine the female fashionable shape, removing excessive ruffles and frills and using rich fabrics in simple but flattering outlines. He is also credited as the first designer to put labels onto the clothing he manufactured.
Evening Dress, House of Worth ca. 1890
Afternoon jacket House of Worth
Evening dress, House of Worth 1902
Evening coat, House of Worth, 1902
Silk tea gown, House of Worth, 1900-1901
1888, House of Worth
Draping of blouses in Worth, Paris 1907.
An elegant woman at Worth’s studio in 1900