Category Archives: Second Empire

The Lionesses and Fashionables. French Second Empire fashion.

Romantic fashion. French Empire Costumes. Victorian Fashion. Straw hat

The Lionesses and Fashionables

The Lionesses and Fashionables. French Second Empire fashion in 1842.

Lionnes et Fashionables.

EVERY woman of fashion in 1842, at the time when Fréderic Soulié published Le Lion Amoureux and Charles de Bernard La Peau de Lion, was newly baptized by the dandies, who appeared to go to the Jardin du Roi for their models of bearing and elegance; it was nothing but Lionesses, Panthers, Tigers, and Rats; one might for an instant suppose oneself in a fashionable menagerie, such amiable complaisance was shown by our Merveilleux in the employment of these different expressions.

A Physiology of the Lion became necessary; it very soon appeared under the signature of Félix Deriège, with designs by Gavarni and Daumier. The author, in an introduction in biblical style, initiates us in the most ingenious manner in the world into the genesis of the savage king of the new Fashion. “In the beginning,” says he, “a crowd of charming creatures adorned the diverse countries of the elegant world. “And Fashion saw that a king was wanting to all these beings which her caprice had formed.” And she said: “Let us make the Lion in our image after our likeness!
“Let him have dominion over the Boulevard! “Let the Opera become his conquest! “Let him command in all places, from the Faubourg Montmartre to the Faubourg Saint-Honore.” And the Lion appeared. “Then he assembled his subjects around him, and gave to every one his name in the fashionable tongue. “He called some of them Lionesses—these were feminine beings, richly married, coquettes, pretty, who managed perfectly the pistol and the riding-whip, rode on horseback like lancers, prized highly the cigarette, and disdained not iced champagne.

From the Book: The Frenchwoman of the century; Fashions – Manners – Usages, by Octave Uzanne. Illustrations in water colours by Albert Lynch. Engraved in colours by Eugène Gaujean.

Parisiennes fashion of the Second Empire.

Parisiennes fashion. French Second Empire costumes. Glamorous Victorian ball gowns. Romantic dresses.

Parisiennes of the Second Empire c.1860.

Parisiennes fashion of the Second Empire c. 1860.

Parisiennes du Second Empire.

From the Book: The Frenchwoman of the century; Fashions – Manners – Usages, by Octave Uzanne. Illustrations in water colours by Albert Lynch. Engraved in colours by Eugène Gaujean.

The Contemporary. Fashions under the Second Empire c. 1860

Glamorous Victorian ball gowns. French Second Empire Costumes. Regency Romantic Fashion.

The Contemporary. Beach life in Second Empire c. 1860

The Contemporary. Fashions under the Second Empire c. 1860

JUDGMENT of our female contemporaries is certes by no means an easy matter. After having run through the history of the Frenchwomen of this great nineteenth century — across fashions, manners, anecdotes, through all its little picturesque and seductive districts — we have scruples in approaching this dangerous physiology of the modern woman. Continue reading

French caps fashion. La Mode illustrée 1860.

Victorian Bonnet.  French caps fashion.

Bonnet Négligé en Mousseline.

Bonnet Négligé. Bonnet Négligé en Mousseline.

French caps fashion. La Mode illustrée 1860. Victorian fashion.

Victorian Bonnet.  French caps fashion.

Bonnet en Tulle de Soie noir et blanc.

Bonnet en Tulle de Soie noir et blanc. Bonnet in black tulle and white silk.
Bonnet en Tulle blanc avec rubans Roses. Bonnet in white tulle with pink ribbons.

Victorian Bonnet.  French caps fashion.

Bonnet en Tulle de Soie a Dessin.

Bonnet en Tulle de Soie a Dessin. Bonnet en Tulle de Soie.

Ces bonnets sont de la maison Leborgue et Henneveu (ancienne maison Dupont), rue du Bac, 56.

Publisher: La Mode illustrée: journal de la famille. Bureau de l’administration. A la Librairie Firmin Didot Frères, Fils & Cie, rue Jacob, 56.

Corsages. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870.

Second Empire Bodices. Victorian Fashion History. 19th century fashion. Crinoline. Second Rococo costumes.

Bodices. Corsages.

Bodices. The modes of the second empire. 1852 to 1870.

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870. Corsages – Planche 6.
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Chapeaux. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870.

Second Empire hats. Victorian Fashion History. 19th century fashion. Crinoline. Second Rococo costumes.

Hats. Chapeaux.

Caps and Hoods. The modes of the second empire. 1852 to 1870.

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870. Chapeaux – Planche 5.
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Coiffes, Capuchons. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870.

Second Empire Caps and Hoods. Victorian Fashion History. 19th century fashion. Crinoline. Second Rococo costumes.

Caps and Hoods. Coiffes, Capuchons.

Caps and Hoods. The modes of the second empire. 1852 to 1870.

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870. Coiffes, Capuchons – Planche 4.
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Manteaux. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870.

Second Empire Coats. Victorian Fashion History. 19th century fashion. Crinoline. Second Rococo costumes.

Coats. Manteaux.

Coats fashion. The modes of the second empire. 1852 to 1870.

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870. Manteaux – Planche 3.
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Jupes. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870.

Second Empire Skirts. Victorian Fashion History. 19th century fashion. Crinoline. Second Rococo costumes.

Skirts. Jupes.

Skirts. The modes of the second empire. 1852 to 1870.

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870. Jupes – Planche 7.
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Manches. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870.

Second Empire Skirts. Victorian Fashion History. 19th century fashion. Sleeves. Second Rococo costumes.

Sleeves. Manches.

Sleeves. The modes of the second empire. 1852 to 1870.

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870. Manches – Planche 8.
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Broderies. Dentelles. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870.

Second Empire Skirts. Victorian Fashion History. 19th century fashion. Embroidery. Second Rococo costumes.

Embroidery. Broderies, Dentelles.

Embroidery. The modes of the second empire. 1852 to 1870.

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870. Broderies, Dentelles – Planche 8.
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