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The Charles Worth Collection

CHARLES WORTH (1825-1895) was born in Bourne, the son of a local solicitor who lived at Wake House in North Street which survives today as a community centre.

He left Bourne when still a boy to seek his fortune in Paris where he became a world renowned designer of women's fashion and the founder of haute couture.

His reputation was such that the French government awarded him the Legion of Honour and when he died, 2,000 people, including the President of the Republic, attended his funeral.

Find out more about Worth on the middle floor of the Heritage Centre.

Picture and Charles Worth History kindly reproduced from the publication "A Portrait of Bourne" Written, researched and Photographed by Rex Needle