Whispers from the Shadows
Culper Ring Series - Book 2
Neoclassical silk evening dress with metallic trim, Ca.1800. I always thought that the Empire waistline was very practical when women were either pregnant or recovering from childbirth almost constantly.I shudder to think what corsets were like later- they even had "pregnancy corsets"! The poor mothers & babies.
Red velvet formal dress suit, c. 1805-1818. The new style in fabrics of the Empire, stimulated by improvements in looms and weaving and dyeing techniques, distinguish ... [this suit] from those of the Ancien Régime." The suit is shown with "a square vest of embroidered satin." The shoulders are clearly not padded, indicating perhaps a conservative taste on the part of the owner. The suit lacks the heavy trim associated with court dress; it was probably worn as evening dress. The vest, however, could be worn with a more elaborate suit to court.
Brassiere: early 19th century, boned coutil. "This garment is an earlier form of the brassiere, separated into left and right is to wrap around the chest with its cords... Around 1804, a new type of a soft corset without whalebones came into use, and so the corset once again became an indispensable part of women's wardrobe. During this time, corsets also served the function of a brassiere. The Brassieres, however, were not introduced to the world until the 20th century."
Redingote à la Hussarde: ca. 1815, English, plain-weave cotton, hussar-style Brandenburg piping and pompoms. "This dress was greatly influenced by military uniforms. The Brandenburg button closure with piping and pom-poms, extending from the collar to the hemline at the front of the dress, originated from the military uniform of the Hussars, the former Hungarian cavalry. This style of closure was widely adopted for women's clothes, and it was used for the front part of Spencers and redingotes."
Redingote (à la Hussarde) c. 1815- England
Reticule: ca. 1800, English, silk knit, pineapple shape trimmed with beads and tassels. "'Reticules' usually mean women's small bags with a strap. From the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century dresses became thinner and their designs changed to the Empire style. As a result, pockets that had previously been made inside dresses vanished, and a handbag was needed."
Reticule c. 1800- England Goodness, this made me chuckle! Pineapple purse--gotta love it!
Jacket (Spencer), Underbodice and Skirt c. 1815- unknown (Country)