Category Archives: French fashion history

Henri de Lorraine, duc de Guise.

Henri de Lorraine, Duc de Guise, dit le Balafré. Histoire de la mode renaissance. 16ème siècle costume.

Henri de Lorraine, Duc de Guise, dit le Balafré. Assassiné le 23 décembre 1588.

Henri de Lorraine, duc de Guise.

France 16th century. Reign of Henri II. Renaissance fashion history.

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Fashion under the French Revolution 1789 to 1802.


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 Incroyable and Merveilleuses. French revolution fashion.

Incroyable and Merveilleuses at the Promenade by F. H. Kaemmerer

Fashion under the French Revolution & Directoire Period 1789 to 1802.

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1789 Fashion in Paris before the taking of the Bastille – Mademoiselle Berthin – 1791 Fashion under the French Revolution – 1794 Fashion reverts to the Greek and Roman period – Disappearance of Louis XVI costumes – Paleness in vogue – Beauties à la Psyche – Varieties of hair-dressing at the commencement of the Directoire – Perruques came into fashion – The painter David, the revolutionary painter apostate – Debate on reformation costume – The Cothurn – The “Merveilleuses” – Greek robes – Roman dresses – Copé, the noted shoemaker

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The Reign of Louis XV. 1715 to 1774.

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French king, Louis XV, Louis le bien aimé. Rococo, 18th century clothing.

Louis XV (1710 – 1774) King of France and Navarre (Louis le bien aimé)

Fashion in the Reign of Louis XV. 1715 to 1774.

The Regency — War is declared against paniers — The Oratorian Duguet — Opinion of the “Journal de Verdun” — Various publications against paniers — Lines by Voltaire — Whale-fishery company — Paragraph from the “Journal de Barbier” — Mmes. Jaucourt, De Seine, Dlisle, Clairon, and Hus — Lines in praise of corsets — New bodices — Coloured prints are forbidden — “Perses” or “Persiennes” — Bagnolette – Adjuncts of dress: necklaces, ridicules, and poupottes—Contents of a patch-box — A sermon by Massillon – Les mouches de Massillon, or Massillon’s patches — Filles de Mode, Fashion-girls — Some passing fashions—Powder remains in fashion — “Monte-au-ciel” — Simply made gowns — The first cachemire.
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Reigns of Henri IV. and Louis XIII.

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Baroque fashion history, 16th century costumes. court dresses

REIGNS OF HENRI IV. AND LOUIS XIII 15S9 TO 1643.

Fashion in the Reigns of Henri IV. and Louis XIII. 1589 to 1643.

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Universal mourning on the death of the Guises; intolerance of showy dress — Vertugadins, “espoitrement,” “corps espagnole” — Diversity of colours — The pearls, jewels, and diamonds belonging to Gabrielle d’Estrees and to the queen — Dress of Marguerite de France — Low-cut bodices — Head-dresses of hair — Various styles — Venetian slippers — Edicts of Louis XII. — Caricatures: “Pompe funèbre de la Mode” — Words and fashions — Ribbons or “galants” — Dress of widows — “Demi-ceint” girdles — Gloves of all sorts – Patches — Masks; their use — “Cache-laid” — The Frondeuses — Mme. de Longueville. Continue reading

Henri III. Renaissance fashion era.

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Renaissance Fashion History. Reign Henri III. 16th century costumes. Nobility court dress.

Fashion under the Reign of Henri III. 1574 to 1589.

Renaissance fashion in the Reign of Henri III. 1574 to 1589.

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Opposition to the laws of King Henri III. on dress — The wife of President N .— How both sexes evaded the edicts – Gowns from Milan — Mixture of masculine and feminine fashions —Rage for perfumes — Recognition of rank is demanded — Costumes worn at Cognac by Marguerite de Valois in presence of the Polish, ambassadors, and her costume at Blois — Brantôme’s opinion — Pointed bodices, puffed out sleeves, and “bourrelets” — Remarks on hair — Ridiculous dress of men — Poucet, the preacher — Satirical lines on Joyeuse — Witty remark of Pierre de I’Estoile — Starch used by Henri III. — Cushions.

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Member of the French Directoire 1795-1799

Member of the French Directoire.  French Revolution Directoire style

Member of the French Directoire 1795-1799

Member of the French Directoire 1795-1799.

French Revolution Directory style

Gallery: “Sheets for costume design: historical and folk costumes. Published by Franz Lipperheide, 1876-1887.

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Costume of the court of Louis XIV

France aristocracy costume of the court of Louis XIV

Costume of the court of Louis XIV

France aristocracy costume of the court of Louis XIV

Baroque period fashion

Gallery: “Sheets for costume design: historical and folk costumes. Published by Franz Lipperheide, 1876-1887.

Portrait of Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754–1823).

Portrait Grace Dalrymple Elliott. French Revolution History. Directoire costume. Mistress.

Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754–1823). Mistress of the Duke of Orléans.

Grace Dalrymple Elliott (1754–1823). Mistress of the Duke of Orléans.

Lady Grace Dalrymple Elliott born around 1754-1823, was a Scottish courtesan who witnessed the events of the French Revolution in France. She was the mistress of the Prince of Wales and later British King George IV., and of Louis-Philippe II. Joseph de Bourbon, duc d’Orléans.

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French Revolution street scene 1792

Directoire. French Revolution History. 18th century costumes

French Revolution street scene 1792

French Revolution street scene 1792.

Parisian citizen costumes during the reign of terror.

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Parisian women in Versailles. French Revolution History.

Women's March at 5th October 1789. French Revolution History. 18th century costumes

Louis XVI. receives parisian women in Versailles. Women’s March at 5th October 1789

Parisian women in Versailles. French Revolution History.

Louis XVI receives parisian women in Versailles. Women’s March at 5th October 1789.

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Costumes of a legislator. Representatives of the Directorate.

Costumes of a legislator. The French people’s representatives of the Directorate.

Costumes of a legislator, designed by Jacques-Louis David 1748-1825, for: Projet de costume civique – Habit de législateur. Le représentant du peuple François en function. Engraver Vivant Denon 1747-1825.

Jupes. Les Modes sous la Revolution 1792-1799.

French Revolution costumes. Merveilleuses. Neoclassicism. Neoclassical fashion.

Skirts. Jupes.

Jupes. French Revolution 1792 to 1799.

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les Modes sous la Revolution 1792 – 1799. Jupes – Planche 7.
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