English Father of French Fashion

Empress Eugénie (1826-1920). Source: Google

Empress Eugénie (1826-1920). Source: Google

The fashion system in its classical appearance with the designer at the forefront, as it still exists now, started from an Englishman by the name Charles Frederick Worth. He made his name and his fortune in the 1850s at the court of Napoleon III of France by designing the gowns for Princess Pauline Mettrnich and the Empress Eugénie. By distinguishing the exclusive dress from the vulgar copy, he transformed the anonymous seamstress into a publicly acknowledged person – the dress designer, who suddenly had to become an Artist.

Princess Pauline Mettemich (1836-1921). Source: Google

Princess Pauline Metternich (1836-1921). Source: Google

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