Short puffed sleeves costume. Guirlande de Mousse mêlée de fleurs.

French, Empire, fashion, Costume, Parisien,
Costume Parisien 1798.

Short puffed sleeves costume, 1798.

France 1798. First Empire Fashion.

Guirlande de Mousse mêlée de fleurs. Manches courtes, gonflées sur l’avant – bras. Ceinture, formée dun Ruban rayé, à carreaux.

Garland of Moss mixed with flowers. Short sleeves, puffed up at the front – arms. Waistband, made of a striped, checked ribbon.

Source: Journal des dames et des modes. Costumes parisien 1798. 


Note:  The fashion of Regency. Round gown of India long cloth. September 1795.

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