Category Archives: 18th Century

Costume and Fashion History during the 18th Century. Clothing of the Late Baroque, Rococo, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Rose Bertin Minister of Fashion at the court of Marie Antoinette. The French Revolution fashion period of Incroyables and Merveilleuses. The Georgians and Regency period.

Frisian islands citizen in 1724.

Old German folk clothing. Traditional Frisian islands men costume. Alte Friesische Tracht.

Frisian citizen from Westerland 1724

Frisian islands citizen from Westerland, Sylt 1724.

Traditional German men costume, 18th century, rococo period.


Woman from Westerland, Sylt in 1724.

Traditional German folk costume. Original Westerland Tracht.

Woman from Westerland Sylt, 1724

Woman in traditional costume of the Frisian island of Sylt.

German traditional folk clothing in 1724, 18th century.

Comtesse du Barry 1743-1793.

Marie Jeanne, comtesse du Barry. French Ancien Régime fashion. Coiffure Rococo period.

Marie Jeanne, comtesse du Barry. Coiffure Louis XV.

Marie Jeanne, comtesse du Barry (Marie Jeanne Bécu) 1743-1793.

Mistress of the French King Louis XV. Marie-Jeanne Bécu came from a poor family. She was the illegitimate daughter of a seamstress Anne Bécu and the Franciscan Jean Baptiste Casimir Gomard de Vaubernier. Under the name of Mademoiselle Lange, she worked in the establishment of Madame Gourdan. There she noticed to Count Jean-Baptiste du Barry on. By marrying his brother Guillaume du Barry they tried to hide their origins. This was planned by Count Jean-Baptiste du Barry, who intended to convey the 18-year-old as the aging king’s mistress, to increase its own influence in the court.

Portrait Comtesse du Barry. French Revolution History. Directoire costume

Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry 1743-1793. Victim of the Reign of Terror.

The influence of Madame du Barry at the court of France was limited more or less to personal intrigue. On his deathbed, the king ordered in 1774 to ban them in a monastery, although Madame du Barry had until recently kept him sacrificing. The Countess was brought to the Abbey Pont-aux-Dames in Couilly, where she lived more than a year before she was allowed to move in October 1775 in her home in Saint-Vrain (Essonne). 1776, they returned to royal command again to her palace Louveciennes (Château de Madame du Barry) at Versailles back. After the outbreak of the French Revolution was robbed her castle in January 1791. Marie-Jeanne du Barry was on 8 December 1793 on the Place de la Révolution executed by the guillotine. In contrast to Louis XVI. and Marie Antoinette her execution was unusually humiliating. Many artists were inspired by the life of Madame du Barry and immortalized them in her novels, paintings, films and music.

Comtesse du Barry French Rococo costume. France 18th century clothing. Louis XV Ancien Régime fashion. Court Dress in Versailles

Comtesse du Barry 1770

Terracotta bust Madame du Barry. Augustin Pajou. French school. Marquis Alfred Lau d'Allemans.

Madame du Barry bust

Terra cotta bust of Madame du Barry by Augustin Pajou.

XVIII Century. French school. (Louis XV.) Collection of Marquis Alfred Lau d’Allemans (from 1833 to 1919). Bust of Mme Du Barry. Terra cotta by Augustin Pajou 1730-1809.

Every one knows madame Du Barry`s history, but every few are acquaunted with her bust sculpted by Pajou. Before executing in marple the bust to be seen in the Louvre, this artist modelled one in terra cota, and exposed it at the Exhibition of the Fine arts, in 1771. It is this very bust wich we have drwan and engraved. It is one of infinite delicacy, sprightly and pleasant to the eye. At the sight of it, one feels that its likeness is perfect, and is rather tempted to excuse the infatuation of old king Lous XV.
The sculptors of the XVIIIth. century, wanding in real grandness, were not, at least, deficient in intelligence. They promptly perceived how much the clay was ready to give a shape to their wildest fancies; and nearly every one of them has left nice busts nicely execudet. This one of the most remarkable, and one that gives a sufficient explanation of the strange fortune of the lively model.

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Morning and Afternoon dresses july 1796. Heideloff`s Gallery of Fashion.

Afternoon dresses july 1796. Heideloff Gallery of Fashion. England Georgian period clothes. Regency costumes.

Morning and Afternoon dresses July 1796.

Morning and Afternoon dresses july 1796. Heideloff`s Gallery of Fashion.


The front and side hair combed straight; the hind hair in ringlets.
Foundling cap of clear muslin, trimmed with rose-coloured riband in small round puffs; large bow-in the front, and a small one behind. Round gown of light green muslin, trimmed with an apple-green riband. Short full puckered sleeves. Sash of apple-green riband. Straw-coloured gloves. Narrow white lace ruff round the neck. Large hoop gold ear-rings. Light yellow shoes.


The toupee in small curls; the hind hair turned up in four small loops. the ends returned in ringlets, crossed in two parts with a silver riband, and looped with a large diamond pin; a wreath and bouquet of flowers ‘in the toupee. Round gown of white clear muslin; chemise sleeves, festooned with lace, and tied with riband; braided back, bound round the neck with
a broad white riband, and a plaiting of lace. White silk shoes. Diamond ear-rings.

Gallery of Fashion Vol. 3, 1795-1796. Published by Nicolaus Wilhelm von Heideloff, London.

Indian muslim costume. A rich Mohammedan.

Traditional India Mughal empire costumes. Mohammedan Mohamedan Chobdar dress.

Rich Mohammedan 1835

Traditional Indian muslim costume. A rich Mohammedan.

India Mughal empire period.

Oriental Scenery 1786–1794, Engraved by Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) and William Daniell (1769-1837).

The Indian greeting. India Mughal empire era.

India Mughal empire costumes. The Indian greeting. Mohammedan dress.

The Indian greeting

The Indian greeting.

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The Queen of Candy, Sri Lanka.

Sinhalese traditional clothing. Queen. Candy, Sri Lanka. Traditional Sari.

The Queen of Candy, Sri Lanka.

The Queen of Candy, Sri Lanka.

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A Rajput bride. India 18th century costume.

Rajasthan costume. Rajput bride. Traditional Indian wedding dress. Mughal Empire

Rajput bride

A Rajput bride. India 18th century.

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A Mohammedan Mughal woman, 18th century.

A Mohammedan Mughal woman costume. India traditional costumes.

A Mughal woman presented a rose to his Lord

A Mohammedan Mughal woman, 18th century.

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A Mohammedan praying. Indian Mughal empire period.

India Mughal costumes. Traditional India clothing. A Mohammedan praying.

A Mohammedan praying.

A Mohammedan praying. Indian Mughal costume.

Oriental Scenery 1786–1794, Engraved by Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) and William Daniell (1769-1837).

The Sultan. India Mughal empire 18th century.

Sultan. India Mughal empire costumes. India national costumes.

The Sultan

The Sultan. India Mughal empire 18th century.

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