The opulent era : fashions of Worth, Doucet, and Pingat

Coleman, Elizabeth A

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  • Creator Elizabeth Ann Coleman
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson ; [Brooklyn, N.Y.] : Brooklyn Museum, 1989.
  • Physical Details
    • 208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
  • ISBNs 0500014760, 9780500014769
  • OCLC ocm20771144


  • In the late nineteenth century, American women of wealth and style were dressed in Paris by three masters of fashion: Worth, Doucet, and Pingat. Responding to the lure of these great couture houses, many clients patronized two or even all three, lavishing money on clothes and expecting lavish clothes in return. Here is an enchanting survey of fin de siecle couture, with 52 color reproductions of the most sumptuous gowns. Coleman brilliantly discusses and compares the designs, fabrics, and clients of Worth, Doucet and Pingat, setting the work of the three couture houses in a larger social and cultural context and illuminating the complex role that fashion has always played in society.


  • Exhibition organized by the Museum, Dec. 1, 1989-Feb. 26, 1990.
  • Includes bibliographical references (page 207).