Detail sleeve, robe à la francaise, England (Spitalfield's), 1760s, remodeled 1780s. Ivory ground silk taffeta woven with a narrow self weave stripe, with gently curving flower and leaf meanders in puce, shaded tangerine flowerheads, red berries and sage green foliage, alternating with small sprays of flowers in deep rose pink and ivory. Trimmed with same tufted silks and corded wire loops.
"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.
Embroidered Evening Dress, 1798—1800 This dress pretends to be an open robe while actually constructed in one piece as a round gown. The embroidery is certainly professional, probably French. It incorporates scalloped strips of the latest innovation: machine-made silk net.