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Winterhalter shows significant details of dress, especially the lace, in this portrait. She wears a cap fringed with lace panels and bows atop her straight coiffure. Her dress has an off shoulder vee neckline edged with a narrow band of satin just above her lace bertha. Her elbow length sleeves are trimmed with bows and edged with long flowing sheer engageantes as seen in Russian portraits. Her full skirt is trimmed with a shallow and a deep lace flounce covering the satin of her skirt. A square-toed shoe emerges from her skirt.
Engagantes
Lace Cuffs With Two Or Three Rows Of Ruffles, Finishing Women's Gown Sleeves In Louis Xiv's Time. They Were Still Worn In The 18th Century With Gowns La Francaise.
Created for Victoria Bold. Looking beyond shabby chic for a better yesterday. Group contest: Thirtysomething Victoriana
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