The luxury fashion label WORTH takes its name from the company founder, Englishman Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895), who established his Parisian haute couture house in 1857. More than any other designer, Worth was instrumental in establishing the foundations of today’s global fashion industries. In fact, his influence was so seminal that he has oft been described as the ‘Father of Haute Couture’ and the period of France’s Second Empire (1808-73), in which his business flourished, as ‘The Age of Worth’.
Histories are often written in terms of ‘firsts’ and Worth was responsible for a great many of these. Ultimately, he was the first designer to present seasonal collections; to create international fashion trends and provide clients with a complete head to toe wardrobe for all occasions. He was also the first designer to sew his own name label into a garment. These achievements are fascinating and altogether remarkable.
In 1999 entrepreneur Mr Dilesh Mehta acquired this prestigious fashion house and in 2010 engaged Giovanni Bedin as designer. Since then, WORTH has presented modern fashion collections that draw selectively on the company’s extraordinary heritage for 21st century clients.