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1800's Dresses by Seitou 1800's Dresses by Seitou

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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darklord86 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Very nice job!
caitycaitcake Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the riding costume!
lavenderconviction Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
you are very good!
xXpukingrainbowsXx Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love the black outfit!!!!
Acaciathorn Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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!
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]
ElenaBlackRose101 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Thank you! And Happy All Hallows Eve!
gracevans Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
I like the third so much!!! I love it
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