He drew some of his design inspirations from historic portraits and used very lavish fabrics and trimmings on his clothing. Nearly all of his designs were one-of-a-kind and made specifically for a certain client.
I really love all the pale and muted colors he uses. I imagine many of his inspirations came from portraits painted by Thomas Gainsborough.
Gown by Charles Frederick Worth c. 1890
Paris, France Pale pink and cream satin, machine-made lace, c. 1880
And here are a few Thomas Gainsborough paintings from the late 18th century... lovely similarities, hm?
Image Credits: 1.} Mint Musuem 2.} Victoria and Albert Musuem 3.} Met Museum 4.} Met Museum 5.} Penwith.co.uk 6.} Guardian.co.uk 7.} Olga's Gallery