Charles Frederick Worth is widely acknowledged as being the father of Couture, a notion which must have rankled the French since he was English, and spoke not a word of French, though he worked all his professional life in Paris. He was known for his extravagant, and emphatic creations, frequently relying on astonishingly bold textiles to do a lot of the work, in an age when over-laden embellishments were the word of the day.
The sketches here below are all part of the Victoria and Albert museum's collection and all come form the year 1860, when Worth's house was only 2 years old and still called Worth and Bobergh, with his partner, Otto. Part of what is fun to look at here, is not only the amusement of the designs, married to a staunchly Victorian mindset, but also the way they give a peek into how Worth thought about design, and composition.
When you really look at these sketches you can see where he was going to go as a designer emerging from wherever it had been hiding.
Now that you've seen where his playing cards emerged from, take a gander at what he did with them.