Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837–1899), better known as La Castiglione , was an Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. The Countess was known for her beauty and her flamboyant entrances in elaborate dress at the imperial court. For four decades she directed Pierre-Louis Pierson to help her create 700 different photographs in which she re-created the signature moments of her life for the camera.
Portrait photography was in evolution in this period of 19th century, yet the photographer managed to create wonderful portrait of La Castiglione showing her flamboyant life.
For more photos: La Castiglione, c.1856-1899 | Retronaut.