1805-1810 ca. Simple Empire Style Gown, English. Simple Regency Fashion at its best.This dress is from The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, USA.Continue reading →
1816 Meeting the St. Cloud Coach, Place de la Concorde, Paris, France.The woman is wearing a white walking dress decorated with rows of ruffles at the hem, the common and fashionable style of dress worn by women at the time in rejection of the more formal and fussy dresses worn by the French court under the King’s reign.Continue reading →
1812-1814 ca. Peignoir, or Wrap Around Gown. Wrap-over gown made of Indian ikat, with round, slightly raised collar, adorned with gathered trimmings and narrow shoulder frills. Excessively long sleeves with wristbands.Continue reading →
1785-1790 ca. Pink Stays, or Corset. These pink stays, used in the Georgian Era, lace at the back. The straps cross over, wrap around the back, and then hook at the front waist to give extra support. The phalanges at the bottom are designed to spread over the hips and help hold the stays into position.
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1804 The Delights of the Malmaison. A saunter through the park.Two women in the gardens of Malmaison, the château that was refurbished by Napoleon’s first wife, Josephine. The château is located several miles outside of Paris.Continue reading →
1805 An Official Ball, in the Strasbourg Theater. Two women stand talking at a ball and wearing formal attire, closer to the ‘costume de cour’ or formal court dress worn under the French king’s reign, while dancers twirl in the background.Continue reading →
1802 The Perron of the Palais-Royal, Paris, France.Despite his colorful clothing, this gentleman is dressed in the style of ‘Anglicizing’, or copying English Gentlemen’s fashions. This fashion began as way for the bourgeois to turn their backs on French aristocracy and their undemocratic ideals and formality and instead base their fashion style on the more relaxed clothing of the English gentleman of the time.Continue reading →