German and French Empire fashion 19th Century.

Regency fashion. German costumes 19th century.  French First Empire fashion.

German and French fashion. First Empire costumes.

German and French Empire fashion. Regency period. First third of the 19th Century.

Top row left to right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1809 bis 1812. Right: German and French fashion. Costumes of the years 1802 1803 and 1804.
Bottom row left to right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1802 bis 1804. Right: German and French fashion. Costumes of 1808 and 1809. Empire style.

On the history of costumes. Münchener Bilderbogen. Edited by Braun and Schneider 1860.

Note:  German fashion in the 18th century.

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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