Category Archives: 1815

Costumes and Fashion in 1815

Lady`s of the first empire by G. Boldoni

First empire costumes. French 19th century fashion. Giovanni Boldini

Lady`s of the first empire.

Lady`s of the First Empire by G. Boldoni.

Premier Empire term for the period 1804 to 1814 and 1815 in the history of France. The monarchy initiated the slow liberalization of Europe and the end of absolutism. The 1820s were the transition from the classically styled Regency and Empire style of 1795-1820.
Length skirts and clearly visible corseting the natural waistline were the formative style elements of this years.

Traditional russia folk costume of a hawker.

Traditional russia folk costume. A Hawker. Russian sacred pictures. Village Amusements of the Russians

A Hawker of sacred pictures 1815

Traditional russia folk costume of a hawker of sacred pictures.

To supply the peasantry with sacred pictures, that are generally painted upon wooden boards, and crosses, old men travel about the  country bareheaded, and barter or exchange them; for, according to their ideas of their sanctity, no price can be put upon them, and therefore  they are never sold. Nor are they ever burnt or destroyed: when too old for use, the sacred picture is given in charge to a running stream,  which carries it away from the view of its former possessor ; and whosoever finds it, returns it again to the waters, until it is seen no  more.

Village Amusements of the Russians by Robert Pinkerton in 1816. Published in London by Seeley & Sons, 1833. Miscellaneous Observations on the Past and Present State of that Country and its Inhabitants. Compiled from Notes made on the Spot, during Travels, at Different Times, in the Service of the Bible Society, and a Residence of Many Years in that Country. Octavo.

French first empire modes under the Restoration 1814-1815.

French first empire costumes. Regency Fashion. Albert Lynch, Eugène Gaujèan, Octave Uzanne.

Modes under the Restoration.

French first empire modes under the Restoration. (Première Restauration 1814-1815)

Les Modes sous la Restauration. From the Book: The Frenchwoman of the century; Fashions – Manners – Usages, by Octave Uzanne. Illustrations in water colours by Albert Lynch. Engraved in colours by Eugène Gaujean.