Ceremonial dress and train of Maréchale Davout, ca. 1810

Aimée-Julie Leclerc (1772-1868), Maréchale Davout by marriage, was one of the élite of society in the French Imperial court of Napoleon. She was also one of the first ladies to whom Marie Louise was introduced on her arrival in Paris. At the wedding celebrations in Paris the Maréchale wore the dress shown above, a sumptuous example of Empire courtly dress.