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1802 by Tadarida 1802 by Tadarida
Empire period.

Waistline is now just below bust, and a skirt falls loosely below. Fullness moves to the back. There are different styles to worn for different occassions. From the left we have the same girl wearing:
- a morning gown (worn during mornings at home, with family. It had long sleeves,  high neckline and often some frills and bows. It was usually worn together with a lace cap)
- an evening dress (a full dress, to be worn for going out. It had low neckline and short sleeves. Made of white muslin, with subtle white-on-white decoration. In early 1800s dresses had quite long trains. Full dress was worn with long, loose gloves. Hair is worn in a high bun, short hair around face is curled. Hairstyle is decorated with an "antique" headdres and some feathers)
- a walking dress (for taking strolls outside. The white dress is accompanies by a short jacket and a bonnet. Walking dresses would usually cover the cleaveage, but there are a few fashion plates with deep necklines)

After centuries of corsets and full skirts, these fashions were quite scandalous. Many were shocked by women going out in their "nightgowns".
A few decades later, the early Romantics would pretend this period didn't happen. After all, who would like to admit that their mothers wore such indecent clothes? They would actually draw Napoleonic scenes with women wearing 1830s

...also, isn't it fun that being undressed (morning gown) meant covering up to the neck and a full-dress meant baring shoulders and bosom?
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Gabreya1990 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student General Artist
Lovely.
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Raakone Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
"nightgowns as daygowns"? *laughs* Looks beautiful!
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DahliaFay Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Victorian sexuality, always so prudish:XD:
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A few decades later, the early Romantics would pretend this period didn't happen. After all, who would like to admit that their mothers wore such indecent clothes?

I LOLed at that! Great work anyway.
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Lea-Li Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Nice picture and a great explanation - I didn't know that! :)
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happyeverafter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Nicely done.
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