Joséphine wearing a cherusque

From the New York City Public Library collection.

This print gives an idea of how a cherusque can be opened wide all around to create something like a ruff and bertha. Her waist band is more of a sash.

Keywords:  Empress Joséphine, Beauharnais family, Bonaparte family, Empress, French, curly coiffure, headdress, square neckline, ruff, bertha, waist band, Empire waistline, close skirt, earrings, wrap, waist band, Empire waistline, close skirt, necklace, earrings, clasps, jeweled bodice ornament, wrap


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