Main Content

Charles Frederick Worth

Charles Frederick Worth

Charles Frederick Worth

Charles Frederick Worth (1825–1895), born in England, entered the fashion business with his wife, Marie-Augustine Vernet, in the late 1850s. With little more than a sewing machine and bolts of fabric, they solicited and received patronage from Princess de Polignac, who wore their creations at no cost to her at court functions of Napoleon III, thus promoting the business in the age-old way. By 1860 Maison Worth had a thousand employees and was a model both of high style in design and innovation in production. In the hands of Worth’s gifted sons, the business flourished until it was closed in 1956 after a century at the very peak of the fashion world.

You Might Also Like