Black court dress, Empress Elisabeth
Owner: Empress Elisabeth daughter of Maximilian of Bavaria Wittelsbach
1837 - 1898
Black court dress of Empress Elisabeth
At festive events wore ladies of the court, and at their head the Empress, dresses with trains, whose length was determined by the importance of the occasion.While these Hofkleider in the first half of the 19thCentury were mostly in bright colors was, in the early days black as very elegant.
The shown court dress of Empress Elisabeth has worked in two parts and consists of a skirt with cut and a train about to bear top with side falling waterfalls.
The carved from black silk moiré skirt on the rear center waist fixes a drapery of the same fabric that is twice bagged and filled with two large Moiréemaschen.The draping ends in a ruffle.The train is under the draping pleated and decorated the edge with Posamentriespitze and Jetperlen and with four stops.
The crafted from the same material top is reinforced with whalebone.It is closed at the front by round, covered with pearls Posamentrie and wooden buttons.The side of the closure of each peak with a waterfall and Posamentrie Jetverzierung.At the top of two downwardly tapered plastic parts are attached, the lead from the rear to the front waist center and frame the drape of the skirt.They are bordered with jetverzierter Posamentriespitze.The sleeves are decorated with sewn-shaped cuff and Musselinrüschen Posamentriespitze with Jetperlen.
In the girdle of the upper part of the company name Hofschneiderin Fanny Scheiner is woven, which could use that title since 1877.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Carriages and Department of Court Uniforms
“Sisi fell to the ground, but was helped up by the Countess. “It was nothing”, she said to calm the lady down, and they went on board. Shortly after that she fainted. “It is nothing but the fright”, she insisted. But once they were sailing the Leman waters she felt a Sharp pain in her chest.
The Countess unbuttoned her dress and saw a stain of blood the size of a coin. The wound looked insignificant, the awl had just pierced her left ventricle, causing a slight bleeding, the blood was falling drop by drop on her pericardium, causing a slow heart failure.
Only then she identified herself to the ship’s captain, who immediately turned around towards Geneva. She was taken to her hotel where she died an hour later, without complaints. Death was perhaps liberating to her.
When Lucheni, who would be sentenced to life, found out about her personality during his trial, he said in dismay: “And for me to think I had killed a person who was arrogantly happy.”
He then committed suicide.”
The murder weapon on display at the Vienna Sissi Museum
“Death was perhaps liberating to her.” It is so tragic to think that she would have blithely embraced death to escape from such an unhappy life. My hearts mourns for her. No person should leave this Earth feeling so unloved.
"This looks like a dress Sissi wore in mourning for her son’s death due to the colors, black veil, and the style is consistent with 1889. Posted to the Alexander Palace Time Machine Discussion Forum by Madame-Sisi on 30 September 2009.”
"This looks like a dress Sissi wore in mourning for her son’s death due to the colors, black veil, and the style is consistent with 1889.
Posted to the Alexander Palace Time Machine Discussion Forum by Madame-Sisi on 30 September 2009.”
This is from Austria and I think it’s fascinating how they merged the current fashion with tradition.
This handsome piece incorporates an interesting combination of materials with lively patterning and embroidery. The puffed sleeves mimic the leg-o-mutton style prevalent in the 1890s. Regional costumes often evolved over time, incorporating fashionable trends with traditional forms.