I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged this one before… and I’m pretty sure I don’t mind sharing again!
Dress Number 1: House of Worth | Court Presentation Ensemble c. 1888 via the Met
Dress Number 2: House of Worth | Court Presentation Ensemble c. 1888 via VT sold 2001
Photo Number 3 via “Blog.mode Addressing Fashion” At The MET’s Costume Institute in 2007
OH! This is so weird and I’m hoping I haven’t suddenly gone crazy. The first is quite obviously the Court Presentation gown. The second is from AT and was designed by Charles Woth in 1888 for Esther Maria Lewis Chapin to wear to her court presentation. They sold that to the Doyle Couture Collection.
Have I gone crazy because that looks like they took the skirt from the first gown (see the polka-dots and distinct ribbon) and added it to the second bodice. BUT then they look like they share a similar skirt.
Maybe it’s the same skirt with an evening bodice and a day bodice? Maybe I;ve gone crazy. What do you think?