Oscar Wilde. N.d. Photograph. BritlitWikiWeb. 5 Dec 2011. <http://britlitwiki.wikispaces.com/file/view/Oscar_Wilde_(1854-1900)_188_unknown_photographer.jpg>.
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The Dream Team
THE BEGINNING ◦ Born into wealthy family, father a lawyer and mother came from wealthy family ◦ Father was a gambler though and became an alcoholic which led to constant gambling ◦ Forced Charles to start working and living on own! ◦ First job was at a printer = hate! ◦ Found job working in textiles = LOVE!!
Paris ◦ Got a job at the department store Gagelins ◦ Met his wife Marie Vernet (an accessory model) here ◦ Ended up becoming a dress maker at Gagelins ◦ Proposal of pre-made dresses = declined
New Beginning ◦ Became the French couturier after leaving Gagelins ◦ Opened his shop on Rue da la Paix Hired the best seamstresses in the business
Crinoline ◦ Some believe he invented but others think he just perfected it… we will never know which one is right ◦ What made Worth’s crinoline design different? He made the dresses from expensive fabric – silk, satin, lace Very detailed design ◦ Just as fast as he brought it into style Worth brought the End of Crinoline
Worth never really liked the crinoline and looked for ways to “dethrone” it as he said. Just as fast as he brought it into style Worth brought the End of Crinoline Princess ◦ Not nearly as big as crinoline ◦ More practical ◦ Did not require women to wear as many undergarments “Age of Worth” ◦ Became famous so quickly that the 1860’s are now know as this.
Bustle ◦ Not as big as crinoline (about size of Princess) ◦ More practical ◦ Required to not wear as many undergarments ◦ Lighter = cheaper to make ◦ Easy to make different designs
Half-crinoline was brought into style. This dress is a mixture of the previous 3 dresses in a way. ◦ Not nearly as big as crinoline but is larger than the princess or bustle ◦ Much more practical ◦ Women had to wear as many undergarments still though. ◦ Was not nearly as practical as the Princess dress.
Made designers dresses more affordable to not just the upper-class ◦ Even though most of his clients were of this Dresses seemed to emphasis the female body in new ways... After Charles Worth’s death his shop was continued to be ran by his sons. Plus many of his contributions have influenced style today.
Slide 2: N/A. Charles Frederick Worth Adult. Sublime. Web. 13 Dec. 2011 Slide 4: N/A. Worth’s Store in Paris. Rdujour. Web. 13 Dec. 2011 Slide 5: N/A. Purple Crinoline. 1865. Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York. Artstor. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. Slide 6:N/A. Orange Crinoline. 1868. Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York. Artstor. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. Slide 8: N/A. Gold Princess Dress. 1887. Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York. Artstor. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. Slide 9: N/A. Gold Bustle . 1888. Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York. Artstor. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. Slide 11: N/A. Half Crinoline w/ train. 1888. Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York. Artstor. Web. 13 Dec. 2011.
He is considered the father of Haute Couture- high fashion He was at the top among French Designers He was known all around for his work Many of his contributions have influenced the fashion world today
In the latter half of the 19th Century, much like today, the clothing a woman wore were crucial to establishing and retaining social status. Therefore their wardrobe was extensive. Charles Frederick Worth created gowns for every occasion.
Worth was the first designer to create high fashion gowns that cater to pregnant woman. Today’s high fashion designers design maternity clothing and often make custom pieces for pregnant women.
Charles Frederick Worth was the first fashion designer to organize and show an entire collection of dresses to a client in advance. This is still practiced today, and is even seen in movies like “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Just about every piece of clothing found today has a tag on the inside with the name of the designer of the store it came from. This concept was adopted from Charles Frederick Worth. He was the first designer to sign his name to his work by using a label.
Charles Frederick Worth’s work even inspired a new couture line that debuted in 2011.
However, some people, like Oscar Wilde, were less attracted to the practical elegance of Worth’s designs, and more interested in an overly aesthetic fashion.
Oscar Wilde was born October 16, 1854 to Sir William Wilde, a well- renowned doctor, and Jane Francesca Elgee, a respected poet and journalist, in Dublin, Ireland.
He was raised in a more upper class family then he would end up living in as a writer Oscar Wilde was ridiculed by his detractors for his eccentric and foppish clothing, which reflected what was known as Victorian Dandyism. The Dandyism movement was intended to elevate the artificial above the natural.
Wore clothes almost as a parody of the upper class. Essentially a modern day hipster Obsessed with personal appearance The opening lines of Oscar Wildes "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young" (1894) state, "The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible,"
His obsession with the aesthetic self, and remaining unmoved by criticism of his attire creates a very specific picture of the man that we continue to see in modern day dandies
Slide 27: Oscar Wilde. N.d. Photograph. Britlit WikiWeb. 5 Dec 2011. <http://britlitwiki.wikispaces.com/file/view /Oscar_Wilde_(1854- 1900)_188_unknown_photographer.jpg>. Slide 29: Cludon, David. The World of Oscar Wilde. David, Sept. Web. 5 Dec 2011. <http://www.gallimauphry.com/PD/wilde/ wilde.html>.
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