Tag Archives: Octave Uzanne

Glamorous life in 1850. Fashions under the Restoration.

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

Glamorous life in 1850

Glamorous life in 1850. Fashions under the Restoration. Echoes of Bon Ton.

MESDAMES the Parisians were all on a footing of war from the commencement of the year of grace 1850; the Prince President had substituted for his ordinary Thursday receptions veritable little dancing fêtes, for which Strauss and his orchestra had been ordered to the orangery of the Élysée. Continue reading

French first empire modes under the Restoration 1814-1815.

French first empire costumes. Regency Fashion. Albert Lynch, Eugène Gaujèan, Octave Uzanne.

Modes under the Restoration.

French first empire modes under the Restoration. (Première Restauration 1814-1815)

Les Modes sous la Restauration. 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.

France romantic elegance. Restoration era c. 1820.

Romantic fashion costumes. French Restoration period

Romantic elegance c. 1820.

Romantic elegance costumes. Restoration era c. 1820.

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.

Our goddesses of the Year VIII., (1799).

French Empire Costumes. Regency Fashion. France Revolution uniform. Octave Uzanne. Eugène Gaujèan. Albert Lynch

Our goddesses of the Year VIII., (1799)

Our goddesses of the Year VIII., (1799). Regency – Directoire fashion.

Nos déesses de l’an VIII. 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 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 Coquettes, Flirts of the First Empire 1804–1814.

French Empire Costumes. Regency Fashion. France Revolution Uniforms. The Coquettes, Octave Uzanne.

The Coquettes, Flirts of the First Empire.

The Coquettes, Flirts of the First Empire 1804–1814 (Napoleonic Empire).

Les Coquettes du Premier Empire. Les Modes sous la Restauration. 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