|Evening gown, House of Worth, late 19th century|
Yes, it was vital to appear fabulous when shopping for a duke or a baron...or anyone else in between. Jennie Jerome went to Worth. So did the Vanderbilts and the Astors. Anyone who was anyone went and acquired one of Worth's vendeuses (personal sales girls).
Frederick Worth was considered the first fashion designer but many, like Madame Pacquin, very close by in the Rue de la Paix were just as good and just as
|Madame Pacquin, French designer|
late 19th century, Paris
|Frederick Worth, Englishman and designer,|
#7 Rue de la Paix, Paris
|Walking dress, late 19th century|
House of Worth
|Corset and bustle!|
Late 19th century
|#7 Rue de la Paix today!|
(Cerise DeLand photo from my research trip!
As expensive looking as it was then. Near Opera Garnier and Tiffany's, among others.