Groupe at Boulogne, 1821.
IN France, that “pays des modes,” the contrast between the rich and the poor is, and was (under both the regimes) striking: the rich varying their dress with the moon, the poor not even with the century.
The peasantry, the fishermen, the postillions, all classes below the bourgeoisie, are now, as they were formerly, dressed in heavy, cumbrous woolen cloth.
Source: Sketches Illustrative of the Manners and Costumes of France, Switzerland and Italy. Illustrations by Richard Bridgens. Text by J.W. Polidori London. Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. 1821.
Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.
Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion.
From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.