This pelisse is from the Barreto-Lancaster collection but was sadly too badly damaged to be used in the exhibition 'Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion'.
The pelisse is made in black silk velvet which has now faded to brown due to the nature of the dyes used in this period. It is lined completely in pink silk. I am not sure that the lining is original. However, the technique used is typical of this period. The top fabric and lining are made up separately then edge stitched together. There is depot label pointing to the evidence that the pelisse was part of a theatrical costume store stock.
The front panels of the pelisse bodice are shaped with one deep dart on each side. The front panel is also cut slightly on the bias which aids the close fit of the front. The pelisse has no fastening apart from an internal tape made in pink silk which would pull the centre back panel in to give a close fit. There is a velvet ribbon belt stitched to the outside of the pelisse at the high waistline. The ends of the belt are badly frayed but it may have been pinned or tied at the front to fasten the pelisse. There is no evidence of any interlining or support in the bodice or high collar.