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Charles Frederick Worth
Birth: Oct. 13, 1825
Lincolnshire, England
Death: Mar. 10, 1895
City of Paris
Īle-de-France, France

Fashion Designer. Called the father of haute couture. Born in Bourne, England, Worth worked for textile and silk merchants before moving to Paris in 1845. He found work in Maison Gagelin, a fashionable fabric, dress, and accessories shop. There he met model Marie Vernet, whom he married. It was for his wife that he began designing and constructing gowns. Soon Gagelin's customers were asking Worth to design gowns for them as well. He became the talk of Paris, and he left Gagelin to strike out on his own. The House of Worth was established in 1858. He gained the influential and fashion-conscious Princess Pauline von Metternich as a client, and by 1864 he had become the court couturier for Empress Eugenie. Worth clothed the royalty and nobility of Europe, including Queen Victoria and Empress Elisabeth, as well as Americans like Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Astors, and Rockefellers. Worth had complete control over the world of French fashion. He is credited with popularizing the crinoline, as well as creating "walking dresses" simply by raising the hem an inch or two. He was the first designer to sew his own label into the garments, and the first to show an entire collection in advance. Worth's clients would spend $10,000 for a wardrobe, or some would spend the same amount for a single gown. But he also designed for more mundane purposes, like mourning, housecoats, or maternity. Worth always designed for the individual rather than the trend. By the 1890's, Worth was losing his monopoly on French fashion, and younger designers gained favour with the wealthy elite. He left the business to his sons, Jean-Philippe and Gaston, talented designers in their own right, upon his death in 1895. They were successful, though not on as grand a scale as their father. Their business slowly declined until 1953, when the House of Worth finally closed its doors. Charles Worth's creations can be seen today in museums around the world, as well as in the portraits of Europe's nobility painted by artists like Winterhalter. (bio by: Kristen Conrad) 
Suresnes Old Cemetery
Departement des Hauts-de-Seine
Īle-de-France, France
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Originally Created by: Kristen Conrad
Record added: Jun 03, 2007
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Charles Frederick Worth
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Charles Frederick Worth
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