Ball Gown

Charles-Frederick Worthc. 1894

The Kyoto Costume Institute

The Kyoto Costume Institute
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Large sleeve characterize this dress. From around 1890, sleeves began swelling to such sizes that one may say it was the return of gigot sleeves. These large sleeves were called "elephant sleeves," and they reached their maximum size around 1895. Thirteen bones line this piece's bodice. Though presently missing, there is a trace where the chiffon decoration has adhered in the upper part of the front skirt, it seems this glamorous dress was appropriate for a ball gown of the upper class who were customer of the House of Worth.


  • Title: Ball Gown
  • Creator: Charles-Frederick Worth
  • Fashion House: PARIS C. WORTH PARIS
  • Manufacturer: Worth
  • Date Created: c. 1894
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute
  • Medium: Yellow silk brocade with tassel pattern; two-piece dress with gigot sleeves; silk taffeta bow at breast; silk chiffon decoration at hem of skirt.

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