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Court dress and train owned by Empress Josephine, First Empire

From the Chateau de Malmaison Costume Collection app:

"This court outfit, sumptuously embroidered with lotus flowers in cannetille, gold paillons and glass cabochons would have taken hundred of hours of work to create. The designer may have been the marchand de mode Louis-Hippolyte Leroy who supplied all the courts of Europe and who was chosen to design the costume for Napoleon’s coronation in 1804. This commission established his reputation though Napoleon was known to complain to him about the size of his invoices.”


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