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Historic Haute Couture: The House of Worth Quiz
by Staff
House of Worth sent haute couture to dizzying heights during the 19th century, and more than a century later, the brand is set to rise from the ashes once more. Take our quiz to see how much you know about Worth — the man and the brand.

Where did House of Worth founder Charles Worth hail from?

  • France
  • England
  • United States

True or false: Worth started in fashion at a young age out of financial necessity.

  • true
  • false

Where did Worth go to find inspiration for his dress designs?

  • National Gallery
  • dressmaking shops
  • fashion shows

What year did Worth finally make the move to Paris to get serious about fashion?

  • 1845
  • 1855
  • 1866

What did Worth design to win an 1855 award for Maison Gagelin at the Paris Exposition?

  • a train
  • a shawl
  • a necklace

What was the name of Worth's wife?

  • Jeanne
  • Marie
  • Frances

What year did Charles Worth finally start his own fashion line?

  • 1855
  • 1857
  • 1859

True or false: Charles Worth is the reason that fashion brands are known as "houses" to this day.

  • true
  • false

What month did Worth choose to start displaying his spring and summer lines?

  • January
  • May
  • June

True or false: Worth saw himself as more businessman than artist.

  • true
  • false

What wife of Napoleon III helped make House of Worth the most desirable brand for women?

  • Katherine
  • Eugenie
  • Victoria

How many Worth creations did Eugenie order for her trip to the Suez Canal in 1869?

  • 20
  • 50
  • 100

What fashion trend is Worth best remembered for?

  • petticoats
  • short skirts
  • crinoline

True or false: Worth held on to the idea of crinolines and used them in his designs for his entire career.

  • true
  • false

What did Worth replace the crinoline with?

  • A-lines
  • tulle undergarments
  • bustles

What garment did Worth decide was no longer fashionable in 1862?

  • scarf
  • shawl
  • long dresses

True or false: Worth learned early on that he could make big bucks by licensing his designs.

  • true
  • false

House of Worth was one of the first lines in history to use these.

  • whalebone stays
  • lace accents
  • labels

What year did Charles Frederick Worth die?

  • 1895
  • 1900
  • 1905

When did the last member of the Worth family retire from the family business?

  • 1942
  • 1952
  • 1962

What year was the House of Worth brand purchased by an investor?

  • 1979
  • 1989
  • 1999

What did Empress Eugenie nickname Charles Worth?

  • tyrant
  • sweetheart
  • brother

What is the name of House of Worth's most famous perfume?

  • J'adore
  • Je Reviens
  • Mon Ami

What color was the famous Je Reviens bottle?

  • pink
  • black
  • blue

How many people worked for House of Worth by 1870?

  • 200
  • 800
  • 1,200

What is the literal translation of haute couture?

  • high fashion
  • fine sewing
  • expensive dress

Which of these did House of Worth introduce to the fashion world?

  • Chinese silk
  • live models
  • henna dyes

Whom did House of Worth choose to design its 2011 debut collection for the 21st century relaunch?

  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Donatella Versace
  • Giovanni Bedin

Which of these featured heavily in House of Worth's 2011 line?

  • velvet
  • tutus
  • leather

What color scheme featured in the line's 2013 spring and summer designs?

  • pastels
  • nude and black
  • metallics