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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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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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Servant of the Louis XV period, 18th century clothing.

18th century clothing. French Rococo costume. Louis XV period dresses

Servant Louis XV. time.

Servant of the Louis XV period, 18th century clothing. French Rococo period.

The best known is Louis XV. well for his relationship with the Marquise de Pompadour. He is often blamed for the abuses that then under Louis XVI led to the French Revolution.

Costumes historiques de ville ou de théatre et travestissements. Author: Achille Devéria and José Domínguez Bécquer. Publisher Paris: Goupil et Vibert. Publisher London: Charles Tilt 1831-1839. Printed by: Lemercier & Cie.

Related: Fashion and costume in the eighteenth 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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The Days of the Directoire. Costumes under the French Revolution.

French directory, Directoire fashion. France Revolution costumes.

Public audience by the Directory

FASHION IN THE DAYS OF THE DIRECTOIRE.

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Costume under the Revolution; Versailles no longer the arbiter of the mode – Anglomania, “Anticomania,” Rousseau, and a “return to Nature ” – Blonde perukes – Dresses à la Flore, à la Diane, etc. – The classical cothurnus; the “balantine ” – Pink silk tights and gauze veiled nudities – Impossibles and Incroyables; masculine dress à la Anglaise – Official costumes of National Representatives and of Directors – Barras’ little joke – A lady on contemporary fashions in Paris. Continue reading

Marie Antoinette and her influence on fashion.

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Rococo fashion. Hoop-skirts. French Ancien Régime costumes. 18th century fashion. French court dress

French fashion 1774 to 1780.

The influence of Marie Antoinette on fashion.

The Reign of Louis XVI. 1774 to 1780.
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Fashion in Paris and London, 1780 to 1788.

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Robe a l’Anglaise 1783. French Rococo costume. Hairstyle Hoop skirt. 18th century clothing

Robe a l’Anglaise 1783

Fashion in Paris and London, 1780 to 1788.

LEGHORN CHIPS – THE ABOLITION OF THE HEAD-DRESS – THE CAUSES THAT BROUGHT IT – HAIR RESTORED TO ITS NATURAL STATE – HATS WITH IMMENSE BRIMS – THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE HEAD-DRESS – THE ORIGIN OF THE HOOPED SKIRT – THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE HOOPED SKIRT

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The Salons of Paris 1786-1789.

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Madame Necker. French Rococo costume. Hairstyle Hoop skirt. 18th century clothing

Madame Necker (born Suzanne Curchod) 1737-1794

The Salons of Paris in the 18th century, 1786-1789.

Fashion before the French Revolution.

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Fashion during the french revolution.

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French fashion history 1793. Directory dresses. France Revolution costume

French Revolution Costume in 1793

Fashion during the french revolution. Paris 1793 to 1795.

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