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 →
A Pelisse or Walking Dress in England, or a Redingote in France. Regency women’s fashions at their best!Continue reading →
1806 Waiting for the Saint-Cloud Coach, Place de la Concorde, Paris. This couple is depicted waiting for the coach, which was a passenger vehicle drawn by four horses. The woman is wearing a fashionable hat or “capote” that covers her face. Her dress maintains the empire waist and has very long sleeves that also have a ‘mancheron’ or a gathered sleeve at the shoulders. The man is wearing a ‘habit du gagé’ or a coat with tails, buttoned at the waist. His hat is a ‘haut-de-forme’ or what is commonly known in English as a top hat. He wears tight, short pants tucked into large, riding boots, as was the fashion for men. (PD-Art) Illustrations by François Courboin from Octave Uzanne‘s Les Modes de Paris. Variations du goût et de l’esthétique de la femme, 1797-1897, L. Henry May, Paris, 1898, or from the English translation of the same work: Fashion in Paris : the various phases of feminine taste and aesthetics from 1797 to 1897, William Heinemann, London, 1898. Modes de Paris Related articles 1803 Two Spring Morning Dresses. #Regency #Fashion 1800 February Two Winter Afternoon Dresses #Regency #Fashion … Continue reading →
1825 ca. Pelisse, British. Pale gold silk and linen.A Pelisse or Walking Dress in England, or Redingote in France, was a very fitted and tailored garment made to cover the insubstantial fabrics e.g. muslin, and floaty designs of Empire styled gowns which were not warm when out walking or riding in a carriage.Continue reading →
1820 Ball Gown of Embroidered Net, British. Silk satin and silk net embroidered with metal and trimmed with silk blonde bobbin lace, hand sewn.
The dress has a low oval neckline, puffed short sleeves, a wedge shaped front bodice panel, and a medium high waist. The skirt has a central front panel, wedge shaped panels and the centre back panels are tightly gathered at the waist. The lining is padded at the hem with a frill of blonde stitched to cover. It fastens with a tape at the neck and hooks at the centre back.Continue reading →
1826 Half Dress For Women. Empire Style Gowns and Fitted Headdresses. Prevailing Spring Fashions.Continue reading →
1804-1815 ca. Fawn Dress, Austrian. Empire line dress with beaded embroidery hem.
This dress was part of the exhibition on 1954 October 15th, 1954, on Fine Art of Costuming.Continue reading →