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1795 - 1812 Hideous Empire Line

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:32 pm
by Wiblick
Dear all

Okay so I actually love the empire line but wtih my bust, forget it, even with the full intention of getting a proper period corset made. But surely everyone wasn't wearing the empire line? What about farm workers etc? (female).

Possibility of my doing 1798 here in Ireland for a few shows and while something like these would be okay
http://locutus.ucr.edu/~cathy/rd/rd19.html#
I really would like some information on clothing for the period that goes beyond the empire line, any book suggestions? or web images?

I'm thinking half dress (morning/afternoon wear, walking/outdoor) in a long sleeve - practical without being too frumpy. Something suitable for a Still Room display/cooking. I'm usually with a soldier's camp (yawn) but with a domestic theme to what I do.

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:45 pm
by Merlon.
The Dress of the People: Everyday Fashion in Eighteenth-Century England:
John Styles ISBN-10: 0300121199 Price: £23.75 on Amazon

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:50 pm
by Wiblick
added to basket, thanks! A newish book, probably why I didn't come across it before.

Still would like any other info people can come up with. Or you know suppliers or whatever.

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:45 pm
by steve stanley
Wiblick wrote:added to basket, thanks! A newish book, probably why I didn't come across it before.

Still would like any other info people can come up with. Or you know suppliers or whatever.


And it's a BOOTIFUL book....got mine at ILHF ...very well researched.....I would ASSUME,(always dangerous) that the multitude of US sites covering female clothing of 1775-83 may be useful .....As far as I can see they're wearing much the same as contemporary illustrations of 'early Napoleonic' lower status females... Steve

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:41 pm
by Theotherone
Erm would anything here be any use?

http://printsgeorgeimagebank.com/Site%2 ... ritish.htm

Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:54 am
by Wiblick
very good! Thanks.

Andy Burke does a nice ankle boot that I'll get once our participation in this time period is confirmed. It's on his front page at the moment
http://www.andyburke.f2s.com/

or here if that changes
http://www.andyburke.f2s.com/c19th.htm

I always spend proportionally more on the shoes than I do on the dress... i.e I'd proably be looking to get the dress for around the same price as the shoes, £200.