Black Court Dress of Empress Elisabeth ("Sisi")

Fanny Scheiner1880/1890

Imperial Carriage Museum

Imperial Carriage Museum
Vienna, Austria

This magnificent dress of black silk moiré with lace trim and rich jet-bead embroidery has remained entirely in its original state. Thus it provides impressive evidence of the empress�s tall, slender figure and her unbelievably narrow, longitudinally oval �Viennese wasp waist�. This was kept as a precious memento by the imperial house and finally came to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in 1962.

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