ca Metropolitan Museum of Art. The puffed silk sleeves and empire waist are an example of historicism in dresses of the time. The sleeve a reinterpretation of slashing and the empire waist from the statuary of recently discovery Greek ruins.
Because they allow fingers to be freely moved, mitts are more functional than gloves. They became popular in the late century. Some fashion plates of the period depict women embroidering or reading when wearing such mitts.
Pelerine- This was a wide, cape-like collar that was v-shaped and extended over the shoulders and across the breasts. A fichu pelerine extends down the front and passes under the belt. Date: Culture: Irish Medium: Cotton