Imperial Russian court dress

Creation date
silk velvet, silver moiré, embroidered with clear glass crystals, silver sequins, silver foil, silver strips
Mark Descriptions
Label: Paris / C WORTH / Paris
skirt) L: 47-1/2 in. |
Credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Accession number
Not Currently On View

Considered the father of French couture, Englishman Charles Frederick Worth opened his fashion house in Paris in 1858. A favorite of Empress Eugenie, he dressed the French aristocracy and was patronized by European royalty and international society.

This impressive court dress is composed of a silver moiré skirt and a luminous emerald green silk velvet boned bodice with a matching 12-foot train. It is trimmed with a band of luxurious silk fringe and velvet ruffles.

Princess Maria Maximilianova Romanovskya of Leuchtenberg [1841-1914];{1} by descent through her family; sale (Sotheby’s Olympia, London) in 2002;{2} purchased by Titi Halle of (Cora Ginsberg L.L.C., New York);{3} purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2006 (2006.3a-c).

{1} She was a great-granddaughter of Empress Joséphine and married to Prince Wilhelm of Baden. In the 1880s she was a regular customer of Charles Frederick Worth.
{2} See Sotheby’s Olympia, London, “Passion for Fashion,” 28 November 2002, lot no. 268 (ill.). Lot no. 273 of this sale was a swatch book record of dress purchases for the princess.
{3} See the Cora Ginsberg L.L.C. publication, “A Catalogue of exquisite and rare works of art including 15th to 20th century costume, textiles and needlework,” winter 2005, pp. 26-7 (ill.).
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