The Empress Josephine in the Park at Malmaison

France First Empire style. England Regency costumes. Empress Josephine. Park at Malmaison

The Empress Josephine in the Park at Malmaison by Pierre Prud’hon

The Empress Josephine in the Park at Malmaison (1809) by Pierre Prud’hon.

French Neo-classicism, Romanticism painting. France First Empire costume period. England Regency, Georgian fashion period.

From the Book: Life of Napoleon Bonaparte; (1896) by Sloane, William Milligan.

Note:  The young Napoleon Bonaparte.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion.

From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.


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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
by Virginia Postrel (Author)

From Neanderthal string to 3D knitting, an “expansive” global history that highlights “how textiles truly changed the world” (Wall Street Journal)

The Age of Undress by Amelia Rauser.

Dress in the Age of Jane Austen by Hilary Davidson.

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley 


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