Worth Model of Black Crepe Chinois. Paris Spring Season 1913.

France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque cocktail dress by Charles Frederick Worth.

Worth Model of Black Crepe Chinois

Worth Model of Black Crepe Chinois. Paris Spring Season 1913.

Embroidered ornaments trim waist and tunic. White net undersleeves and maline lace cuffs. Silk buttons trim sleeves. Vest front of pat green chiffon embroidered in shades of red and green over net lace. Ruffle of net around neck. Cocktail dress by Charles Frederick Worth. Published by Haas brothers.

Gallery: France Fin de siècle fashion. Haute couture costumes, spring season 1913.

Note:  Haute couture dresses by Redfern and Jenny 1915.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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