1866 Presentation of the ladies of Châlons to the Empress by François Claudius Compte-Calix (Château de Compiègne)

Compte Calix documented the continuing use of crinoline dresses in this 1866 drawing of Empress Eugénie and other women. I darkened the Reunion des Musés Nationaux (RMN) image by Franck Raux to bring out details of the dresses.

Photo credit - Franck Raux.

The ladies' dresses have round waistlines and a half-conical shape; vee waistlines had been standard since the 1830s and would come back in the 1870s. The lady to the left appears to be wearing a paletot while the Empress appears to be wearing a cape.

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