1869 Empress Eugénie and Ladies

Empress Eugénie and her Ladies display late 1860s style with the fullness in the back and a natural waistline for the year 1869.

According to Boucher, 20,000 Years of Fashion, p.383 (1987 ed.) the crinoline era ended in 1866 when women wore simple petticoat-skirts with wide ruffles at the foot to Longchamps. I refer to the mechanical skirt supports as "crinolines" in the keywords. The mechanical supports were called "crinolettes" at the time.

The Lady in the dark dress in the foreground is wearing a distinct, identifiable bustle.

Keywords:  Empress Eugénie, Empress, Bonaparte family, French, Lady-in-Waiting, long curly coiffure, feathered headdress, tiara, off shoulder vee neckline, off shoulder scoop neckline, cap sleeves, engageantes, crinolette, bustle, ruffles, train, bows, necklace, earrings, bracelets

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