Haute couturiers had traditionally visited clients at home for fittings, but Worth hosted customers at his atelier, starting the tradition of a salon along with the social scene that became part of the brand’s success. Virtuosic craft was most obvious in the Worth bodice, which was made up of 17 pieces of material to ensure a perfect fit. Widely considered to be the father of haute couture, Worth was also the first designer to do away with mannequins, favouring live models, including his wife, Marie Augustine Vernet, when showcasing his collections. Pictured: Ms Faber, a model, in a dress by Charles Worth, circa 1910.
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