Calling card of designer Charles Worth in Costume. Englishman Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) virtually invented the idea of the Parisian couturier and selling dresses to the upper classes of Europe and America as well as French clientele.
Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (1867-1946) was a French fashion designer and the founder of the Lanvin fashion house. One of the most influential designers of the 1920s and '30s, Jeanne Lanvin's skillful use of intricate trimmings, virtuoso embroideries and beaded decorations in clear, light, floral colors became a Lanvin trademark. When Lanvin died in 1946, ownership of the firm was ceded to the designer's daughter, Marguerite di Pietro, who was the director of the Lanvin fashion house at the time.