Ball gown  House of Worth (French, 1858–1956) Designer: Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926) Date: 1898 Culture: French Medium: silk, rhinestones, metalThis gown is made from a very special fabric which was woven à la disposition to fit the shape and dimensions of the skirt so that the butterflies flutter upward from the hem and, being graduated in size, seem to disappear in the distance.

Ball gown House of Worth (French, 1858–1956) Designer: Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926) Date: 1898 Culture: French Medium: silk, rhinestones, metalThis gown is made from a very special fabric which was woven à la disposition to fit the shape and dimensions of the skirt so that the butterflies flutter upward from the hem and, being graduated in size, seem to disappear in the distance.

Evening dressvening dress Designer: Mme. Olympe (American, born France, 1830) Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: silk, mother-of-pearl

Evening dressvening dress Designer: Mme. Olympe (American, born France, 1830) Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: silk, mother-of-pearl

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