Merveilleuse and Incroyable. French fashion of the Directoire.
Historic tragedies have their lessons of instruction to after-generations; they tell their sad tales of sorrow and anguish, which make ears tingle and hearts weep in sympathy. They form graphic chapters in the history of our common humanity, however much we may reluctate to own the relationship. The mind almost refuses to believe that the dreadful scenes and tragedies of the French Revolution, so forcibly styled “the Reign of Terror,” occurred in Imperial Paris, the gorgeous capital of France, and the most fashionable emporium of the present modern world, and within the recollection of many persons now living, even among our friends and neighbors.Continue reading
Chevalier Charles d’Éon.
Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont, known as “chevalier d’Éon” (1728- 1810) was a diplomat, spy, officer and man of letters from France.
He remained famous for his pronounced taste for transvestis, because he lived large parts of his life as a woman and had a lifelong reputation as an excellent fencer.
THE PARISIAN LADY. FEMME COMME IL FAUT.
By Honoré de Balzac, 1840.
Les Soeurs de Lait – Robe d’après-midi de Georges Dœuillet
Le Jardin de L’Infante – Robe du soir, de Paul Poiret.
Gallic Headdresses. Merovingian fashion era.
Part XII. – GAUL Plate 7.
Salon de Musique of Queen Marie Antoinette, Palace of Fontainebleau, France.
Showing the following contemporary Louis XVI. furniture:
Gallic fabrics and embroideries.
Gaul Plate 8.
Gilt State Bed of Queen Marie Antoinette
Gaul Plate 9.