Model of Black Worth Satin. Paris Spring Season 1913.

France Fin de siècle fashion. French haute couture gown. Belle Epoque cocktail dress.

Model Black Worth Satin

Model of Black Worth Satin. Paris Spring Season 1913.

Model Black Worth Satin. Draped skirt caught up with a fancy silver lace. Myrtle green chiffon trims waist over white silk and points of silver lace. Shoulder caps, elbow and neck trimmed with same. Soutache trimmed shoulder and arm down front and ornaments of waist. Fancy ornament in back of waist. Cocktail dress by Charles Frederick Worth. Published by Haas brothers.

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

Note:  Autumn costume of striped wool fabric. Journal illustré de modes.

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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