"Fashion took its inspiration from the arts in striving for a nude ideal, which brought out the natural beauty of the human form. In women’s fashion it was said, “nakedness dresses woman best." Women wore thin muslin dresses which even today look like nighties.
Crewel Embroidered Dress French, ca. 1805. This gown is believed to have belonged to the Comtesse de Pontèves-Bargème, née Marie Antoinette de Paul (1787–1854) whomarried Louis Balthasar Alexandre, Comte de Pontèves-Bargème (1781–1868) on April 16, 1804. Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Inv. 997.22.1)