Tea-gown, Worth

Indoor dress worn by Countess Greffuhle

  • Worth

  • Label: 3 woven cartridges, tone-on-tone for "PARIS", brown-grey for "C WORTH" : {PARIS} {C WORTH} {PARIS}
  • Circa 1995
  • Façonné de soie à fond satin vert et motifs en velvet coupé bleu nuit; lining in green silk taffeta
  • GAL1964.20.4
  • Gramont Family Donation
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Both a reception dress and a private outfit, this interior dress was worn by the Countess Greffulhe to receive her close friends, in the late afternoon - hence the name tea-gown, or tea-dress, which is given to this type of room. 

The Countess was happy to choose an intense green for her outfits, which were made in value the auburn in his hair. Spectacular by its immense patterns, this dress is characteristic of the creations of Jean-Philippe Worth, who had succeeded in 1895 to his father, Charles Frederick, the inventor of haute couture. The son was fond of the historicizing fabrics, including this chiselled velvet imitating the Genoa velvet of the Renaissance is a sumptuous example.