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This remarkable collection was created by the Museum of the City of New York to celebrate the fashion design masters Charles Frederick Worth and Mainbocher (Main Rousseau Bocher). Worth was an Englishman who founded a Parisian atelier and Chicago-born Mainbocher did much of his work in Paris as well. The funding for the exhibition came from The Coby Foundation and it explores the work of these two individuals by looking at the history, details, and construction of 119 different garments. On the site, visitors can make their way through five sections, including Exhibition, Biographies, and Discussion. The Exhibition area includes an interactive timeline of the works profiled here. First-time visitors may wish to start with Worth's wonderful 1876 "Afternoon Dress" or Mainbocher's 1936 "Evening Dress." The Essay offers a nice bit of reflection on the relationship between the works of these two designers, and it's well worth a look.
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