Restoration of a dress designed for the Coronation (Sacre) of Napoleon I.

Reportage on the restoration and conservation of a piece of history of the First Empire, a dress and train very probably worn for the Coronation of Napoleon I at Notre Dame Cathedral by Madame Claudine Bérenger, (née Saussac (1773-1828), the wife of Jean Bérenger (1767-1850, Councillor of State, made Count in 1808). This exceptional ensemble, which has belonged to the descendants of Count Bérenger for over two centuries, is now on long-term loan to the Fondation Napoléon. The Fondation has had it restored by the textile conservator, Raphaëlle Déjean. Discover the history of this outfit with Clémentine Portier-Kaltenbach, historian, descendant of Count Bérenger and current owner of the dress and its train. Follow the key stages of the restoration with Raphaëlle Déjean (specialist in the restoration of antique textiles).

published 1 July 2020