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The House of Worth

The Birth of Haute Couture

Chantal Trubert-Tollu (Author), Francoise Tétart-Vittu (Author), Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg (Author), Fabrice Olivieri (Author)

With a Foreword by Christian Lacroix

Logo markA Thames & Hudson book


The first illustrated monograph dedicated to the history of the House of Worth, the world’s pioneering haute couture label

Arriving in Paris in 1845, at the age of twenty and with only a few francs in his pocket, Charles Frederick Worth would go on to build the most prominent, innovative, and successful fashion house of the century. He was inspired by a love of fine art, luxurious fabrics, and his vision of the female ideal, and was the first to set out to dictate new styles and silhouettes to his elite clientele— not the other way around. He hosted them in his rue de la Paix salons, which included groundbreaking sportswear and maternity departments as well as silk, velvet, and brocade rooms, and a special salon with closed shutters and gas lighting designed to allow clients to try on ball gowns in lighting conditions precisely matched to those of the event at which they would be worn.

Organized chronologically and illustrated with striking ensembles, paintings, and documents sourced from both private family archives and the best fashion collections from museums around the world, The House of Worth is an inspiring tribute to the house that started it all.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • January 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-500-51943-1
  • 9.6 × 12.5 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“With gorgeous color images of Worth designs, paintings, and archival fashion drawings and photographs, this sumptuous book is recommended for readers interested in the history of haute couture and French fashion.” — Library Journal (starred review)