Empress Josephine is one of history’s great style icons, whose elegance, charm, and easy aristocratic grace are legendary.
Six years older than Napoleon, Josephine conveyed both maternal warmth and sensual sophistication, and sparked Napoleon’s only grand passion. Kind and generous, she set a standard of taste that women ever since have aimed to emulate. She favored simplicity in dress, but in support of Napoleon’s imperial designs, she evolved a style that promoted French luxury industry and trade. The result was an irresistible combination of Greek classical purity and Imperial sumptuousness.