Short Stays Italian Abiti Antichi Gallery Bust short brown silk taffeta lining in ivory silk taffeta. The straps in brown silk taffeta, are lined with ecru canvas' and end with a final part in ivory goatskin. The front part, closed by lacing (string original), and stiffened by thin horizontal and parallel brass springs inserted between fabric and lining.
Round Gown ca. 1795; Met 1979.20a-g. Ensemble includes gown, separate stays, sleeveless spencer, and separate sleeves (probably left over from an earlier styling of the gown), all from the same striped silk satin fabric. This is a flat view of the dress with sleeveless spencer. It laces closed in the modern style (not spiral). Eyelets embroidered; original lace? Plain white/cream lining. Back neckline higher than gown. Sweat stains show it has been worn a great deal.
An emerald green figured silk pelisse robe, circa 1815-20...pelisse – An overdress or coat dress, the pelisse fit relatively close to the figure (though not tight) and was styled along the same high-waisted lines as the dress of the day. Pelisses were often lined or edged with fur and, in fashionable circles, more or less replaced the fur-lined cloaks of the earlier periods
"Isabelle", from the exhibition "Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion". Lancaster-Barreto collection. Pelisse: Moss green silk taffetas pelisse with sky blue silk lining and Point de Bruxelles lace collar, French or English, ca. 1811. Pumpkin-colored cashmere shawl, Indian, ca. 1810. Gold brooch with sea shell cameo and paste jewels, English/Italian, 1812-1815.