Queen Maud's wardrobe
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DESIGNERS - French


Queen Maud bought her clothes from a variety of fashion designers, court dressmakers and ladies tailors. One of the famous names in her wardrobe is the couturier, Worth. The company was founded in Paris in 1858 by Charles Frederick Worth , the most important and influential designer of the 19th century. His sons and grandsons carried on the Worth name until the company was taken over in 1954. This is the earliest surviving dress Worth made for Queen Maud, matching a photograph of its original design. The photo is part of a large collection of Worth designs given to the V&A after the closure of the Paris branch.   Evening dress 'Arlesienne', Worth, 1912-1913 Evening dress 'Arlesienne', Worth, 1912-1913, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design: Stiftelsen Kunstindustrimuseet i Oslo. Teigens Fotoatelier AS

 

  Design for 'Arlesienne' by Jean-Charles Worth, 1912-13 Design for 'Arlesienne' by Jean-Charles Worth, 1912-13 AAD.1/59-1982, V&A Museum, Given by Paquin

 

This dress is part of the last order of clothes Queen Maud made from Worth before her death 26 November 1938 at the age of 68. The original design for 'Flirt' survives in the Worth archive in the V&A Museum. Comparing the two, it is clear that the wide shoulders fashionable in the late 1930s were not to Maud's taste. Nevertheless she obviously liked the striking design of Rococo style scrolls appliquéd in black velvet and red on plain black silk.   Day Dress 'Flirt', Worth, 1938
Day Dress 'Flirt', Worth, 1938, OK 98-1991 The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design: Stiftelsen Kunstindustrimuseet i Oslo. Teigens Fotoatelier AS

 

    Design for Flirt, Worth, Winter 1938-39
Design for Flirt, Worth, Winter 1938-39 E.18125-1957, V&A Museum, Given by Paquin