Joséphine de Beauharnais 1763 – 1814. Pastel By Pierre Prud’hon.
Painting of the young Joséphine de Beauharnais (about 1790) before she became the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Source: Life of Napoleon Bonaparte; (1896) by William Milligan Sloane.
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.