WORTH PROJECT

For this project I designed and made a circa. 1900 evening gown inspired by the creations of the House of Worth: the most renowned couture house of the time. I sought to design a dress that emphasised the silhouette and construction methods of the epoch, whilst adapting it in the most appropriate manner to my design aesthetic. 

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THE DESIGN

This was the initial design idea inspired by two pieces from the House of Worth, one of which now residing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I sought to recreate his manipulation of fabrics and infamous trimmings.

My preliminary sketch of the design

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THE FITTING

The first toile fitting gave me the opportunity  to experiment with the silhouette and the shape of the dress.  Appropriate changes were made to the cut to ensure it best reflected the original design. 

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THE MAKING OF

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Adding the lace to the hem of the skirt 

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Experimenting with draping techniques

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Appliquéing the lace flowers by hand 

Finishing the seam edges

Adding the closures to the bodice

THE FINISHED DRESS

The finished dress as worn by Evie Bearman and photographed by Jack Taylor-Gotch.

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© Jack Taylor-Gotch

© Jack Taylor-Gotch