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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.

"Isabelle", from the exhibition "Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion". Lancaster-Barreto collection. Pelisse: Moss green silk taffetas

Striped blue silk pelisse, ca. 1815. - I love the shape and the details, the colors are so lovely. Maybe yellow?

Green silk taffeta bonnet with satin and cord trim, and peach silk lining, French, c. 1808. From the Lancaster-Barreto collection.

Annette, from "Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion" exhibition. Dress. Cotton percale, cotton muslin, cording, France or England 1814-15. Shawl, cashmere, England, first quarter of the XIX century. Jewellery. Gold, turquoise and micro mosaic. Italy and England, first quarter of the XIX century. Bag. Vermeil, silk and gold tricot, gold bullion. France, circa 1808.

1870's silk taffeta. I always think of giant hustles like this when I see those ridiculous high low dresses...

Red silk taffeta "Delphos" gown with belt, designed by Fortuny, Italian, after 1909 (perhaps 1915?).

Fifties Cocktail dress Dovima modelling a silk taffeta cocktail dress.

Capucci's "Nove Gonne" in black & white. Wow. I'm not sure I like it or am just impressed with the sculptural quality of the design.

French deb Niki De Saint-Phalle in Ceil Chapman, photo Arnold Newman for LIFE, Sept. 1949.1940s fashion

1850–1900. Cranberry brocade bodice and maroon silk taffeta skirt, 1880. 1974 gift from Mrs. Fitch Cheney to the University of Connecticut Historical Clothing and Textile Collection. (William Benton Museum of Art - Press Images)