Dress, 1805-1810, At the beginning of the nineteenth century, whitework became the favored embellishment for fashionable Grecian-style gowns, the latest fashion, with low necks and high waists. The neo-classical design at the skirt's center front echoes the delicate swags on embroidered pictures, while the sheer gauze fabric (which required a solid color underdress to avoid indecent exposure) recalls the floating train on the Egyptian princess's dress in Ruth Green Barber's Moses picture.
Aglae. From the exhibition "Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion". Lancaster-Barreto collection.Coat: Camel wool in natural colour. Silk organza collar, pipping and buttons. Pluche de some, imitating fur, France, circa 1808. Mechlin collar lace. Great example of the influence of Napoleon's peninsular war, the troubadour painting and the romanticism. "Manches a la espagnole" Cameo: seashell, enamel, gold. France, first quart of the XIX century. Bag: Marrocain leather, France, circa 1804.