The empire dress – a
little bit of Jane Austen in your wardrobe.
Most women know the
romantic films based on the books by Jane Austen, like „Sense and Sensibility“ or
“Emma”, where the (surprisingly emancipated) ladies of the British gentry are
looking for their Mr Right (and quite fortunately also always find him two
hours later). Fashion-conscious ladies however, don’t just remember the tricky
skirmishes before the film reaches its happy ending, but also the special dresses
the fictional figures – e.g. the young Dashwood ladies or the Bennet girls –
are wearing at balls and in their daily lives. – Fictional figures? – Indeed,
because the cuts of the fashion in the early 19th century used to be
quite figure-flattering while being highly elegant and of the highest quality.
The so-called empire dress used to be the most important piece of
clothing for the society ladies back then. The main characteristic of the empire cut is a very high waistline
and being separated from the lower chest, the fabric would widely fall in an A-shape.
Thus, problem areas around the tummy, hips and thighs were perfectly covered
up, while the cleavage played the part of the eye-catcher.
Classic empire dresses in a
The cut of empire dresses
is a classic that still works wonderfully these days. In the 19th
century, the empire-style dresses were made from light muslin or heavy velvet
and they have become more and more high-necked over the years; today however,
any kind of empire dress is possible: a long silk dress with a high waistline
or a short cheeky babydoll dress. Nowadays
pieces of clothing with an empire cut don’t necessarily have to be floor-length
anymore and you can also wear them in your free-time or at work. But the
one thing that always stays the same is the wide A-line from the chest
downwards, which even today is still one of the most figure-flattering cuts in
From mini to maxi –
empire-style dresses by Ana Alcazar.
You are a fan of empire
dresses, too? – Well, then you are just at the right place in this fashion
guide section. Here you can find this kind of trendy dress with the darts
below the chest in various different shapes and colours. We have given a fresh new look to the fashion favourite of the 19th
century and now we are proud to present to you both elegant empire dresses
for evening events and casual pieces for your leisure time and your daily life in
the official Ana Alcazar online shop. Browse through our selection of
empire dresses and discover unique, floor-length empire dresses made from flowing
silk, short empire dresses with floral prints or single-coloured dresses with
the empire style; they will enchant you with their elaborate applications
around the neckline. Oh, and by the way: the empire dress has its origins in
the times of Napoleon. That’s why the correct pronunciation is the French
“aumpeer” and not the English “empire”.