Lady`s of the first empire by G. Boldoni

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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.