The Empress Euegénie  wearing blonde lace from Chats on Old Lace and Needlework, by Emily Leigh Lowes

The propaganda value of beauty is shown by this image, one of many, of the young and beautiful Empress Eugénie made shortly after her marriage to Emperor Napoleon III. Project Gutenberg has an e-file for this book, including illustrations, here.

She wears a bodice with two lace berthas, as well as sleeves adorned with bows and engageantes.

Keywords:  Empress Eugénie, Empress, Bonaparte family, French, straight coiffure, off shoulder vee neckline, bertha, lace, quarter length sleeves, bows, engageantes, vee waistline, full skirt, necklace, brooch, wrap

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