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.
Charles Frederick Worth was born Oct. 13, 1865, in Lincolnshire, England.
Charles Worth was just 12 years old when his mother sent him alone to London to find an apprenticeship.
A teenage Charles Worth studied portraits at the National Gallery in London to learn about dress styles and structures.
Worth headed to fashion capital Paris in 1845 to make his name. After two years in the city, he found a job as a sales boy at fashion company Maison Gagelin.
Worth designed an ornate court train for the 1855 Exposition Universelle, earning a first place fashion award for his employer.
In 1851, Worth married co-worker and fellow fashion designer Marie Augustine Vernet. She would later model her husband's creations to help spur sales.
Worth struck out on his own and started a fashion company in 1857. Fellow designer Otto Gustaf Bobergh was his business partner when House of Worth was founded.
Worth opened his first shop in a stately home on a quiet residential street to make the space inviting for guests. His choice of such a residential showroom led to the name "House of Worth."
Knowing that his clients spent summers in the country, Worth started showing his spring and summer lines in January, which set the pattern used by modern designers.
Not so much — Charles Worth often donned a velvet beret and fur-trimmed coat in an artistic style similar to that of Rembrandt.
Empress Eugenie was a huge Worth fan. By donning his creations, she helped elevate his brand into the minds of the richest members of society.
For the grand opening of the Suez Canal, Eugenie decided she needed at least 100 Worth dresses before she left for Egypt.
Worth was a master of the crinoline, a cagelike structure designed to replace the burdensome petticoats of the past.
As quickly as Worth embraced the crinoline, he was soon ready to move on. He switched to an oval petticoat design, then made the structure smaller and smaller until he eliminated it completely from his designs.
By 1869, Worth creations no longer used crinolines. Instead, the front of the dress was flat, while a bustle gave significant volume to the rear of the garment.
Worth decided that shawls were no longer in after 1862 and encouraged Empress Eugenie to eschew the garment, much to the shock of polite society.
Charles Worth licensed his first dress designs to other dressmakers in 1855 and continued the practice throughout his career.
Worth used labels to mark his creations, giving the garments an added air of elegance and luxury.
Worth died in Paris in 1895, leaving his sons to carry on the business and his designs.
Worth's great-grandson Jean-Charles retired in 1952, bringing the reign of House of Worth to an end.
In 1999, investor Dilesh Mehta purchased the defunct House of Worth. It took another decade for him to hire a designer and attempt to relaunch the brand.
The empress referred to Worth as a tyrant of fashion but didn't hesitate to spend big bucks on his designs.
Je Reviens has served as a signature brand for the company for decades and was reformulated in the 21st century to please a new generation of fragrance fans.
The blue, tower-shaped bottle was a favorite gift for World War II soldiers to give to their sweethearts.
Worth employed 1,200 people by 1870, many of whom sewed his famous creations by hand.
Haute couture translates as "fine sewing," but it's often used to describe the most luxurious, top-level clothing.
Worth used live models to showcase his designs in his shop, which inspired the fashion shows of today.
House of Worth hired former Lagerfeld designer Bedin to create a modern collection for the historic company.
The 2011 line consisted of numerous tutus, which were inspired by an archival piece from House of Worth's history.
The 2013 House of Worth collection emphasized black and nude designs but still kept the fine detailing associated with House of Worth's history.