Founding Father of Haute Couture: Charles Frederick Worth


Designs modeled for patrons of the Worth couture house, Paris. Créateurs de la mode, 1910.

This episode explores the career and legacy of the man many consider to be the first true fashion designer, Charles Frederick Worth. We also speak with Hylan Booker, an American designer who sat at the helm of the house of Worth in the late 1960s.

Additional Reading:

  • Coleman, Elizabeth Ann. The Opulent Era: Fashions of Worth, Doucet and Pingat. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1989.
  • de la Haye, Amy and Valerie Mendes. The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive. London: V&A Publishing, 2014.
  • Martin-Hattemberg, Jean-Marie, Fabrice Olivieri, Françoise Tétart-Vittu, Chantal Trubert-Tollu. The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture. London: Thames & Hudson, 2017.
  • Worth, Jean-Phillipe. A Century of Fashion. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1928.