The House of Worth: Portrait of a Fashion Archive


ISBN: 9781851777747
Author(s): Valerie D. Mendes & Amy de la Haye
Format: hardback
Year published: 2014
Publisher: V & A Publishing
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 176
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout

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Profusely illustrated, this monograph explores the House of Worth’s success in the realms of haute couture after 1890. Hundreds of photographs selected from the V&A’s unique archive of over 7,000 official house records capture the Worth style and offer fascinating insights into the daily routine at Maison Worth. These remarkable photographs are flanked by chapters that tell the intriguing story of their acquisition and their historical context, and describe Worth’s international clientele of elegant women of wealth and power, from Lillie Langtry and Sarah Bernhardt to the Duchess of Marlborough (formerly Consuelo Vanderbilt).


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