Model of Black Worth Satin. Paris Spring Season 1913.

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

Model of Black Worth Satin.

Model of Black Worth Satin. Paris Spring Season 1913.

Black Worth Satin, draped skirt. Black Callot chiffon waist over shell pink satin overlaid with cream net top lace. Band of black satin and lace on sleeves overlaid with chiffon. Ornaments of Bulgarian colors on belt. Fancy buttons. Black satin sash with heavy ornament of braid and fringe. Cocktail dress by couturier Charles Frederick Worth.

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

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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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