The outer layer of Empress Elisabeth's dress in this photograph is made of gauzy, "see through," material.
This looks like a pre-cage crinoline dress using flounces and petticoats to obtain fullness. Her sleeves are wonderfully complex.
Keywords: 1859, Hanfstaengl, Elisabeth of Bavaria, Sissi, Sisi, Wittelsbach family, Habsburg family, Empress, Austrian, straight coiffure, round neckline, long close sleeves, ruffles, vee waistline, bows, full skirt, flounces
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