This beautiful fabric may have been used for Joséphine’s gowns but it would be a wonderful sheer for a window treatment. On the far right, there appears to a fabric piece that may be a tie back for a drapery or a tie for a bow on a gown.
Another beautiful Joséphine metallic fabric. This may be a cut velvet that could be used for upholstery or heavy window treatment or perhaps valances. This also may have been used as a cape fabric. Inspiring design and glorious color.
This is a painting depicting the smaller of the galleries Joséphine used for her painting collections. This room apparently had the newer paintings, many by the troubadours she sponsored. It was also used as her music room. The room design was inspired by several periods. It serves as the as an example of her taste and style. This painting is the only pictorial documentation we have of her interiors. Note the paisley throw on the chair.
Here we see another of Joséphine’s wonderful gowns. This gown has beautiful floral custom designed pattern with needlework on a sheer fabric overlaying a solid. As the previous posts, the fabric reflects her love of flowers. This time her colors are more pastel. This gown is definitely more feminine. Plenty of inspiration here. Window treatments? Gorgeous! Note the piece in the background showing more of her paisley design.
Extremely elegant and sympathetic to those around her, as Empress, Joséphine was constantly on display. Per the exhibition:
“She was the best dressed women in the Empire and acted as an ambassador for French distinction.”
Joséphine made the court the most luxurious in Europe. Her clothing, copied by the textile industry for all the European courts. We see here one of her gowns and a close-up of the beautiful fabric design.
Here we see another of the paintings featuring Joséphine’s wonderful gowns with a paisley influence in her custom designed pattern. As in the previous post, the fabric reflects her love of flowers. This time her colors are more intense. Note her tiny slipper in juxtaposition to all the surrounding heaviness. Trés demure.