1810 Dress, American. Cotton and silk Empire style, high-waisted, dress. Short puffed sleeves and with a two layer frilled and embroidered hem. This dress shows the typical Empire silhouette of a tubular garment draped from the shoulders and sometimes belted, or tied with a ribbon, beneath the bust. The Empire period fell between the 18th Century and the rectangular shaped panniered skirts and the 19th Century and conical hoop skirts. From the Metropolitan Museum: “The neoclassic style was adopted in all forms of decoration after the French Revolution and was upheld during the Napoleonic Wars partly due to Napoleon Bonaparte’s (1769-1821) alliance with Greco-Roman principles. In fashion, the style began as children’s wear made from fine white cotton, but was adopted by women in the form of a tubular dress with skirts that were gathered under the bust with some fullness over a pad at the back. As the style progressed the skirts began to flatten at the front and solely gather from the bodice at the center back. The style persisted until the 1820s when the waist slowly lowered and the skirts became more bell shaped.” via Metropolitan Museum New York City, U.S.A. metmuseum.org Follow Suzi Love … Continue reading →
1795-1810 ca. Roller Printed Dress. Regency Women’s Fashion. collections.vam.ac.ukContinue reading →
1816 Crossing the Pont des Arts, Paris. Two women crossing the Pont des Arts, which is also known as the Passerelle des Arts. It was built from 1802 to 1804 and was the first Parisian bridge to be made of iron. It was also the first bridge in Paris to be exclusively reserved for pedestrians.
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1810 View of the Two Panoramas, and the passage between them, France.
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1780 ca. Man’s Gold Silk Banyan, British. via Metropolitan Museum New York City, U.S.A. metmuseum.org For at-home wear, a gentleman had a dressing gown, often with a matching waistcoat, and an undress cap or turban. From the Metropolitan Museum, New York City, USA.: ‘For at-home wear, a gentleman had a dressing gown, often with a matching waistcoat, and an undress cap or turban. As for breeches, they were not designed especially for this casual ensemble, but rather borrowed from other suits. The dressing gown was cut like a man’s loose coat and usually hung to the floor, though there were also versions that stopped below the knees. Since there were no fastenings, the wearer overlapped the dressing gown in front when he walked so that the sides did not billow out behind him. The sleeves were originally rolled back to form cuffs, but later dressing gowns display the fashionable cuff of their period. In England these dressing gowns were called “banyans” or “Indian nightgowns” because of their kimono-like form and Eastern origin. Banyans were made in a variety of fabrics, including silk brocades, damasks, and printed cottons. Winter banyans were occasionally quilted for extra warmth. Gentlemen received friends while attired in banyans as a sign of their informality and of their intimacy with the visitor. By the 1780s, gentlemen ventured out of doors in this comfortable and stylish costume. According to Town and Country Magazine in 1785: “Banyans are worn in every part of the town from Wapping to Westminster, and if a sword is occasionally put on it sticks out of the middle of the slit behind. This however is the fashion, the ton, and what can a man do? He must wear a banyan.” This yellow damask banyan with its bold Chinese Chippendale – inspired pattern … Continue reading →