Aglae. From the exhibition "Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion". Lancaster-Barreto collection.Coat: Camel wool in natural colour. Silk organza collar, pipping and buttons. Pluche de some, imitating fur, France, circa 1808. Mechlin collar lace. Great example of the influence of Napoleon's peninsular war, the troubadour painting and the romanticism. "Manches a la espagnole" Cameo: seashell, enamel, gold. France, first quart of the XIX century. Bag: Marrocain leather, France, circa 1804.
Evening Dress 1818 The Victoria & Albert Museum Machine-made net was developed from the late 1760s. It became a popular ground for embroidery and machine-made laces. Its light weight and airy texture suited the simple style of early 19th century women’s dress. This example in black allows for a dramatic contrast when worn over a white under-dress.