House of Worth The Birth of Haute Couture

Chantal Trubert-Tollu, Françoise Tétart-Vittu, Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg, Fabrice Olivieri, Christian Lacroix

The first illustrated monograph dedicated to the history of the House of Worth, the world's pioneering haute couture label.

Arriving in Paris in 1845, at the age of twenty and with only a few francs in his pocket, Charles Frederick Worth would go on to build the most prominent, innovative, and successful fashion house of the century. He was inspired by a love of fine art, luxurious fabrics, and his vision of the female ideal, and was the first to set out to dictate new styles and silhouettes to his elite clientele—not the other way around. He hosted them in his rue de la Paix salons, which included groundbreaking sportswear and maternity departments as well as silk, velvet, and brocade rooms, and a special salon with closed shutters and gas lighting designed to allow clients to try on ball gowns in lighting conditions precisely matched to those of the event at which they would be worn.

Organized chronologically and illustrated with striking ensembles, paintings, and documents sourced from both private family archives and the best fashion collections from museums around the world, The House of Worth is an inspiring tribute to the house that started it all.


With gorgeous color images of Worth designs, paintings, and archival fashion drawings and photographs, this sumptuous book is recommended for readers interested in the history of haute couture and French fashion.

— Library Journal (starred review)

The images accompanying the extensive biographical information are sure to inspire any sewer or student of fashion…The House of Worth will interest fashionistas and historians alike

— Threads


Chantal Trubert-Tollu


Chantal Trubert-Tollu is Charles Frederick Worth’s great, great-granddaughter. She has been collecting Worth documents and dresses for several years.

Françoise Tétart-Vittu


Françoise Tétart-Vittu is an author and fashion and dress historian.

Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg


Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg is an expert on the history of perfume and cosmetics, on which he has written several books.

Fabrice Olivieri


Fabrice Olivieri is an independent perfumer.

Christian Lacroix

Foreword By

Christian Lacroix is a world-renowned fashion designer known for his colorful and exuberant drawing style.