While there were several other talented dressmakers operating in Paris from the 1870s, Charles Frederick Worth in his commanding role was largely influential in determining the changing fashionable silhouettes of the late nineteenth century. Motivated by economic and business realities, he designed these silhouettes, which required prodigious amounts of yardage, as much to support the French luxury textile industry based in Lyon as to satisfy fashion's inherently fickle nature.
The most outstanding features of Worth's garments are the luxury and sheer beauty of the textiles, which he often commissioned specifically from the Lyon manufactories. Exhibiting a refined sense of color and proportion, his artistry is evident in the balance he achieved integrating the textures and patterns of the textiles with the cut and surface decoration of the garment. When working with a single fabric, he maximized the impact of a pattern by matching up the motifs at the seams in a way that formed an expanded variant of the original design.
The Worth formula of using beautiful textiles in artful and refined combinations as the basis of design was carried on by all of Charles Frederick's descendants, who continued to run the House of Worth through the mid-twentieth century.