Monday, February 25, 2013

The Duchesse de Berry as a Fashion Plate

Caroline of Naples, like her great aunt Marie-Antoinette, was regarded as queen of the fashion world of 1820's Paris. To quote:
This print appeared in L’Observateur des Modes No. 479 and was published in Paris sometime between 1818-1823. It’s hand colored and the description at the bottom translated from French into English reads:
Hairstyle decorated with feathers, smooth crepe and branches of an olive tree; the composition of Mr. Peulier, Hairdresser of S.A.R.M. Madame Duchesse de Berry. Wrap is furnished for autumn with crepe weave rods and satin nodes; cashmere fur-lined coat of India doublee of satin and furnished with grebe…
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