1856 Empress Eugénie with her court by Olympe Aguado

The Ladies wear several interesting variations of the dome crinoline in this photo from 1858.

From Mes annees a la cour on myspace. Reunion des Musées Nationaux has a version of this image that has lower contrast than this version that I have not altered.

The Lady who is lowest on the steps wears a striking crinoline dress with ten flounces, excluding the petticoat at the bottom, while the next lowest Lady, possibly the Empress, wears a crinoline with two rows of hexagonal designs that is canted. The cant proves the skirt is being supported. The penultimate Lady to the right has a trapezoidal design bodice that looks like something from the 1600s. Many of the dresses have triangular bodice panels - stomachers. Some of these are framed with lapel-like revers.

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