Charles Frederick Worth first made his name as a designer in the 1850s and 1860s, but his fame and taste were such that his creations were the pinnacle of desire for any debutant or Victorian fashionista for decades. He was the father of Haute Couture, and is credited with creating the idea of a couturier - a fashion artist rather than a mere dressmaker.
Worth passed his business on to his sons in the 1880s and 1890s, and while his reputation outlived him for a few years, by the 1910s Worth dresses began to be considered the safe option, rather than the latest word in fashion.
That said, the last flickering gasps of Worth's brilliance and did inspire a number of superbly art nouveau influenced gowns.
Classic Worth designs of the 1890s: extravagant fabrics and trims, superb shaping, and striking patterning.