My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck By Lightning
Virginia Oldoini, Countess di Castiglione (1837-1899), better known as La Castiglione, was an Italian courtesan who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography. (Much too much dress!)
Pierre-Louis Pierson | Arrivo | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Arrivo Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913) Date: September 1, 1893 Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative Dimensions: Image: 14.7 x 9.8 cm (5 13/16 x 3 7/8 in.) Mount: 14.7 x 9.8 cm (5 13/16 x 3 7/8 in.) Mat: 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.) Frame: 37.3 x 30 cm (14 11/16 x 11 13/16 in.)
1850s dag- love all the different textures in this, pretty patterned fabric, sheer lace overlay with tucks & scallops pinned closed by a brooch, contrasting belt, lace cuff under the sleeves, piping on sleeve edges, tiered skirt with row of lace around it, skirt tier piped on edge, pretty bracelets.
Ye Olde Fashion
"The Countess di Castiglione caused a scandal by appearing at a 1857 costume ball at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as The Queen of Hearts, a thinly veiled allusion to the fact the she was currently the mistress of the emperor, Napoleon III. She was photographed in the costume by Pierre-Louis Pierson several years later, between 1861 and 1863, apparently wishing to preserve the scandal for posterity."