Charles Frederick Worth
The exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York includes the dress that Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt wore to the Vanderbilt ball. Designed by Charles Frederick Worth, the most famous Parisian couturier of the day, and made of satin, velvet, and silver bullion, Mrs. Vanderbilt’s costume was meant to represent “Electric Light,” in honor of Thomas Edison’s new power station in New York.
tender-isthe-night: Charles Frederick Worth C. 1894 Skirt that flows neatly into a funnel shape, complemented with large gigot sleeves that gives the dress a fashionable Western European shape. however, the prominent “morning sun with clouds” motif forms a powerful association with Japan, the “land of the rising sun.” The motif structure is asymmetrical. This composition had not previously been seen in Western Europe, and is clearly influenced by Japanese arts and crafts, especially the kimono.