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Fashion Timeline: 1760-1810

Year: ca 1800-1810
Style: Empire
Dresses: Chemise with spencer jacket, chemise with tunic or half-robe, and amazone
Description: 1) A transparent, often-white, high-waisted dress similar to drapes of ancient Greek or Roman statues. It emphasized the natural form of the body; the spencer was a cropped jacket, originally worn by men, and invented by an Englishman, Lord spencer, who'd accidentally torn off the coatails of his jacket during a fall from his horse 2) A style in which a short robe was worn over a chemise dress. A bustle pad was commonly worn under the muslin gown at the back, and 3) A woman’s riding costume, named after the female warriors in Greek mythology. It featured a long skirt with a tailored jacket (from "Kyoto Costume Institute" and "Patterns of Fashion").


:excited: :boing: :excited: I AM FINALLY FINISHED!!!!!!!!! :excited: :boing: :excited:

I was only supposed to draw two characters, but I added a third since I rarely draw Empire dresses, and I know a lot of people like them :D You might see more Empire dresses from me later on, but don't count on them becoming a regular thing in my gallery; I really have to be "in the mood" to draw this style because it's just not my thing >_>;;

Now that I'm free to draw for myself again, I'll be going back to AFoR stuff... so expect to see a lot of dark art coming your way!!! :D

Note: People keep using the terms Empire and Regency as if they're the same thing... but they're not. Empire =/= Regency. The term "Empire" refers to the First French Empire, when Napoleon I ruled France, but it describes the aesthetics of the early 19th century, in general; whereas, the term "Regency" refers to the period (1811-1820) when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son, later George IV, was named Prince Regent. So, Regency is a much more specific term... and you really shouldn't use it to describe fashions outside of England.

Cherrelle © ~Seitou
Caroline © ~Seitou
Charlotte © ~Seitou
Textures are my own.
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:icondarklord86:
darklord86 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Very nice job!
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:iconcaitycaitcake:
caitycaitcake Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the riding costume!
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:iconlavenderconviction:
lavenderconviction Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
you are very good!
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:iconxxpukingrainbowsxx:
xXpukingrainbowsXx Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love the black outfit!!!!
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:iconacaciathorn:
Acaciathorn Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous!
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ElenaBlackRose101 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Beautiful! Hey would you know a book I could get for 19th century fashion and lifestyle, food, etc. I'm writing a book in an 1800's style of literature and I've been looking for some books, so I don't have to go blind staring at the computer screen for hours... Lol!
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, sorry for the late relpy. I've been away from DA for a while.

Well, for information about fashion, I recommend checking out the list of reference material at :iconlamodehistorique: It's pretty lengthy, but there are a lot of good sources on there.

I also recommend checking out some of the ettiquette manuals on Googlebooks, such as this one: [link]
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:iconelenablackrose101:
ElenaBlackRose101 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Thank you! And Happy All Hallows Eve!
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:icongracevans:
gracevans Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
I like the third so much!!! I love it
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:iconaseariel:
aseariel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Saw this some time ago and loved it.
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:icong00l3y:
G00l3y Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
I love your style and I love the costume timelines. They are some of my favorite. I love the colors and attention to detail. :)
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:iconfearsome-jabberwock:
Fearsome-Jabberwock Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
your artwork is amazing!!
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:icontobi-2012:
tobi-2012 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Student General Artist
Historical dresses are hard to draw. Also, to come up with a design. This may even give me ideas on what to kind of add to an 1800's dress. Especially, since my comic happens to mention some 1800's designs...Beautiful work.
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ArianaSilversnare Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
As I am one of those entirely clueless people in terms of historical fashion, I will simply say that those dresses are lovely and I am particularly fond of the gown in the middle. :) I love anything with an empire waist.. *sigh* now where is Mr. Darcy? :P
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:iconalbusowner:
albusowner Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
nice work!! great expressions and clothing!
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:iconhadamorgana:
HadaMorgana Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I really like this priject, cos is very imaginative and cos you can improve your skills! really good done!
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:iconimagenashyun:
ImagenAshyun Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist
Great job! I love this :love:
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:iconhhryah:
hhryah Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I just love your whole dress series! I am terribly impressed by your knowledge of fashion history. And you have such an interesting drawing style, too!
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:iconremmidi:
remmidi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
:D amazing! :love:
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:iconethologus:
ethologus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
I so love the third dress. I feel like she's going to go riding in the country or something. I love that you did research too. I'm still researching costumes for a story that takes place in 1825 and I'm finding it difficult to place it between Regency and Romantic periods.

I wish I didn't pack all my fashion history books in storage. Boo.
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :aww:

The 1820s is difficult because it's one of those transition periods. The good thing, though, is that you can find a lot of fashion plates from that time period online. You might want to stop by *LaModeHistorique and take a look at their reference material list (at the top of the journal).
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:iconirremediable:
Irremediable Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
a very cute drawing but a chemise is actually the under dressing not the outer dress- think of it like the petticoat.
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's not entirely true for 1800's dresses. During the empire period, the dress style was called the chemise; it had evolved from the shift, which was the undergarment women wore back then (like a petticoat/nightgown). And a lot of women during this period actually didn't wear anything under their dresses @__@;; That was one of the reasons the empire style was continually criticized for being "indecent." So, while the chemise/shift was also a type of undergarment, during the late 1790s - early 1800s, it also referred to a style of dress.
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:iconirremediable:
Irremediable Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
I honestly don't know where you got that from but I can tell you that the dresses worn from the 1790s through the early 1800s was never called a chemise. I am a living historian for that time period and I specialize in the knowledge for women's clothing during that time and I assure you that is not true. You seem to have a few misconceptions about the time but considering that you don't just focus on one time period I can understand how your facts can get crossed. Anyhow- I think your drawing is very nice, I just found it funny that you called the dress a chemise.
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got the information from the Kyoto Costume Institute's collection. Their book says, "The chemise dress, so named because of its resemblance to a chemise undergarment, became the dominent fashion" (pg. 148). Fashion historian Aileen Ribeiro also uses the term "chemise gown" (pg. 127) to describe the dress worn by Madame Elizabeth Dunoyer in 1797 in her book Fashion in the French Revolution. So, the term "chemise" was used to describe a style of dress.

I think the way I have it labeled might make it seem like I'm talking about the undergarment, but I am referring to the "chemise dress/gown."
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poppy-cock Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
WIN:heart:
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:iconayaneshinobi:
AyaneShinobi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008   Traditional Artist
Congrats on finishing & wow, you made it to the 1800's! You want to know which 1800's style I like? I like the 1810's. I've been wanting to draw that for a while...I just might. :) (But first I want to research a little more on that period of time, so it can be more accurate.) I like the expressions & poses you have given them, especially the girl in the middle (it looks like she's is flirting with somebody).
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:iconmayangirl:
mayangirl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
And so we find the dresses often in Jane Austen's time... or at least her books. :D

You've mastered the simplicity of this time.

Oh, and this is a bit off what your focus was, but I love how you colored the skin and their make up. It really brings out details and leaves much to the imagination.
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:iconsand38090:
sand38090 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Amazing dresses
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:iconthelonely1:
thelonely1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
I find this kind of dresses less rich but still particular and very elegant, i like them :)
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:iconfluffy-feathers:
Fluffy-Feathers Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Love the thrid one.
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:iconladyadokenai:
Ladyadokenai Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
more pretty empire!

I love the riding dress. I have a weakness for riding dresses of all eras though. :D

you did well with the details, or lack thereof. I still keep that comment about "fuck details" in my replies because it's so true and it makes me laugh.
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:iconbutterflyamore:
ButterflyAmore Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
The middle one is absolutely gorgeous!
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:iconlesoldatmort:
LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I dream of having the last one, I saw a very similar on few drawings, it's just gorgeous :heart:
And I must say that you succeded in Empire clothing, YES I love it, aghrr xD
>3o <3
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:iconcarmz0716:
Carmz0716 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Congratulations on finishing!It looks fantastic as always!

And yay for upcoming AFoR art! :heart:
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:excited:

I'm going to spam my gallery with AFoR stuff now :evillaugh:
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:iconmeredithdillman:
MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I want a regency dress so bad :(
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We should bring them back! On the bright side, at least spencer jackets have sort of come back into fashion...?
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:iconmeredithdillman:
MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think we should bring back the fashion for men, mmmmm :)
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I've certainly been guilty in the past of lumping Regency and Empire together when discussing the subject with n00bs. For the record, I do prefer Empire styles to Regency... I find the designs nicer. You know, those French!

I know you're not nuts about this period, but you did a great job. Your palette is really fresh and spring-like. I especially dig Caroline. But where's Charis? ;P
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops! ^_^;;; I forgot about Charis!

I can't decide which I like better. The Empire style is much cleaner and simplistic, but then all the dresses start to look alike after a while... I think the early 19th century dresses are fun to look at... but just not so much fun to draw ^_^;;
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You know, it's interesting that the classical period was also an inspiration for the 1930s, but I find 1930s gowns generally sexier and more interesting to look at. Regency and Empire stuff is kind of cool, but it had the unfortunate affect of making women, who weren't tall and slim, look short and pregnant...
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know! It really wasn't a very flattering style at all, yet so many people are completely obsessed with it o___O;; And it's come back today... sort of. All those high-waisted shirts girls are wearing... only they look terrible, if you ask me :P But the Empire style came back in the very early 1900s, too. It's funny how it seems to come back every 100 years :XD:
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It was also big in the '60s too. Have you ever seen "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"? It's a reincarnation-themed musical from 1969 starring Barbara Streisand, with scenes of her in a former life back during the 1810s. Jesus, it's one of the weirdest, hokiest movies I've ever seen. The period costumes are like the Regency on an acid trip, and were designed by Cecil Beaton.

Here's one scene, to give you a taste. *shudders* [link] You can watch the entire thing on Youtube if you like, but I'm sure there's better things you can be doing with your time...
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:iconseitou:
Seitou Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... That... that clip is terrifying! *cries* TT______TT
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
And you didn't even see the black feathers on the back of the blond guy's collar. I kid you not...
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Troopic Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The blue one! *_*
I would where it on my daily life...!
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