"à la Joséphine"

After Empress Joséphine, Napoleon's wife until 1810. She herself was Creole, coming originally from Martinique.

Joséphine de Beauharnais's style, particularly her white empire line dresses, were a massive influence on French regency dress.

As Josephine was divorced by Napoleon in 1810 and died in 1837, it is clear again that Caribbean Creole fashion is rather behind the European model it copies.