Napoleon's uniforms and epaulets - Napoleon's Grenadiers a Pied uniform/ Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808)
This beautiful piece of wearable art was designed and crafted by the artist and jewelry designer Sergey Zhiboedov (my husband). The ring was inspired by the style of the First French Empire, the early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, and other decorative arts. It features two draped female figures. Made of sterling silver (the figures and the shank) and 14K yellow gold. Adorned with a genuine freshwater pearl (8.5-9mm diameter).
Lovely dress dating from the period of the First French Empire in taffeta silk changing from green yellow bronze to purple and deep violin. Nice finishing sewing by hand, this high-waisted dress closes at the front with two slides at the neckline and under the chest, back cutting in diamond ending with an elegant rose, ancestor of the pet-en-l'air.
"Fashion took its inspiration from the arts in striving for a nude ideal, which brought out the natural beauty of the human form. In women’s fashion it was said, “nakedness dresses woman best." Women wore thin muslin dresses which even today look like nighties.