Collection Online
silk, metal
61.0 cm (centre back) 57.0 cm (sleeve length)
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss M. Bostock, 1963
Gallery location
Not on display
Fitted bodice of black silk taffeta embossed with velvet flowering roses and fern motifs.

In this case, investigation by the NGV Textiles Conservation team followed several key threads. The first was to resolve the date of make and likelihood of the bodice’s couture pedigree, the second aimed to establish the authenticity of the label.

The label reads ‘Worth and Bobergh, Paris, 7 Rue de la Paix Au Premiere’, in a manner that is consistent with labels of that partnership and its likely construction date. When the Empress Eugenie became a client in 1862, Worth added a centrally located coat of arms. To date, no other label matching the bodice’s has been sighted. Reason suggests that it is a fake, or extremely rare, used by Worth during his first two years of operation. Whether the label was attached to the bodice at this time remains a bigger mystery.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)