« If you want to compare prices, a pair of elegant shoes from the Vendôme place, used to cost around sixty francs. A very elaborate evening dress from Worth : between one hundred fifty and one hundred eighty francs. High luxury goods used to cost approximately the same then we used to spend for the wages of our servants during one month*. […]
Good maids also had to know sewing, mending lingeries and laces, and also making dresses. My mother, indeed, didn’t visit very often big fashion designers because it was too expensive, that’s why she needed a maid able to copy, modifying a little, Worth’s models. »
* Leurs servants were very well paid, circa three and half francs a day.
Quelques robes de chez Worth / Some dresses designed by Worth :
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