Everyone knows the influence of classicism on early French 'Empire' and to some extent late Georgian fashion in England. However, I was absolutely fascinated and inspired to come face to face with actual pieces of Greek and Roman sculpture and jewellery which inspired the fashion, hairstyles and jewellery in this period.
|Typical Classical Inspired dress and jewellery of the 'Empire' period|
|Roman diadem - British Museum|
|Late 18th Century Cut Steel diadem|
|Roman Bust with interesting hairstyle|
|Costume Parisien 1811|
|Roman Necklace with amethyst and emerald stones- British Museum|
|Detail of Roman Diadem - British Museum|