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Charles Frederick Worth

The Father of Haute Couture

There was fashion before Worth and there were well-known dressmakers before Worth.Was he the one who invented fashion? Charles Frederick Worth(13 Oct 1825 ± 10 March 1895) did not invent fashion. He is considered the father of haute couture. but Worth was the first male to become a professional clothing designer for women and the first clothing designer to become internationally famous. .

‡ He not only created Haute Couture. his future wife and muse.‡ Charles Frederick Worth was an Englishman in the 19th century who went to Paris to begin his career in the fashion world at the age of 19 where he decided to open his own couture house after the dresses he designed for Marie Vernet. attracted much attention. but also various other modern fashion practices like:  The creation of seasonal fashion styles & trends  The use of fashion models  The fashion brand name as a label .

This is probably Charles Frederick Worth¶s most iconic design. . The velvet scroll design is very similar to the wrought iron designs found on Parisian architecture of the era. It shows the influence of the Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the century.

Charles Frederick Worth is credited with inventing the fashion show. which came up with the specific criteria a fashion designer needs to fulfil in order to be allowed to call himself a 'Couturier'.  He and his sons also founded the 'Chambre de la Couture Parisienne' (French Haute Couture Association) in 1868.  His extraordinary cachet was to present 4 collections each year.FEW FACTS«  Beyond his crinoline bubbles (reinforced petticoat). .  It was his idea to show his models on live mannequins to his customers.

Paul Poiret The one who ³liberated´ Women¶s wear .

(1879-1944). French couturier. "It is what a woman. He served an apprenticeship with Jacques Doucet in the 1890s. leaves off. moved to the Maison Worth in 1900 Paul Poiret's goal was to achieve an impression "of simple charm.Paul Poiret . of calm perfection comparable to that which is felt standing next to an antique statue". not what she puts on that gives her cachet" Paul Poiret .

" ending wasp waists and constricting corsets. reviving a simple. with volume around the hips narrowing to an ankle-hugging bottom. . Dominating Paris couture from 1909 to 1914. Poiret revolutionized fashion with his designs for the "new woman. and introducing pantaloons.‡ In 1903 opened his own small studio. Empire-waisted silhouette. ‡ Around 1910 he introduced the appropriately named hobble skirt.

and also created items for the home. and though he was active in the 1920s his designs were no longer fashionable. and short hoop "lampshade" tunics over long sheaths. World War I brought an end to Poiret's flights of fancy. East Asia.‡ He created ensembles of walking coats and dresses. fringed capes. Inspired by interests in art nouveau. and the Ballets Russes. harem pants and skirts. ‡ He was the first designer to produce (1911) a line of fragrances and cosmetics. and turbans. . he designed jewelcolored evening gowns and such exotic costumes as coulottes.