DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Jean-Philippe WORTH | Afternoon dress

WORTH, Jean-Philippe, designer
France 1856 – 1926
Afternoon dress
[Dinner dress]

Dinner dress
bodice, skirt, petticoat, original box c.1902
Decorative Art
Silk satin five-panel trained skirt; bodice with handmade bobbin lace collar, machine tulle trim at neck, handmade tulle trim along front edge, silk rosettes
Purchsed 1981
NGA 1981.1040.1-3

Jean-Philippe Worth, as the leading designer in The House of Worth, was well known for his opulent gowns of great elegance. Afternoon dress was created for Mary Crowninshield Endicott Chamberlain, the step-mother of the future British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and wife of politician and social reformer Joseph Chamberlain. It is typical of Worth’s magnificent attention to overall form, texture and detail.

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