A close-up of the only known photo of Sisi and her children. Elisabeth of Austria was the wife of Franz Joseph I, and therefore both Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. She also held the titles of Queen of Bohemia and Croatia, among others. From an early age, she was called Sisi by family and friends.
The painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter shows the 28-year old empress wearing a gown sewn with diamond stars matching the diamond stars in her hair. Created by the famous Parisian couturier Charles Frederic Worth, this dress made Elisabeth’s beauty famous the world over.