Co-director of LCF’s Centre for Fashion Curation and UAL Professor of Dress History and Curatorship Amy de la Haye has co-authored a book on the archive of storied couturier House of Worth, with her V&A colleague Valerie Mendes. The book was six years in the making and is published by the V&A, where both have worked as curators.
Charles Frederick Worth was an English designer who made his mark on the French fashion industry in the mid 19th Century and is widely considered the father of haute couture.
Their monograph brings together hundreds of photographs selected from the V&A’s unique archive of over 7,000 official House records. The images used capture the Worth style and offer fascinating insights into the daily routine of the House. The book tells the intriguing story of the images’ acquisition and their historical context, and describes Worth’s international clientele of elegant women of wealth and power, from actresses Lillie Langtry and Sarah Bernhardt to the Duchess of Marlborough.