French rococo costumes. “La Toilette” by François Bouche, 1742. The famous painting, “La Toilette”, in 1742 by François Boucher (1703 – 1770) shows an intimate scene from everyday life of the… Read More
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.
French Directory. Fashion in Paris after the Revolution 1796-1800. Directoire. Semi-nude women in the Champs Élysées – No pockets – Mademoiselle Mars makes yellow velvet the rage – Rivalry between Mesdames Hamelin… Read More
“Incroyable” (incredible) was the sobriquet given to the fops or dandies of the later Revolutionary period.
The fashion of two dresses, one worn over the other, that had been so general in the latter half of the seventeenth century, and the first half of the eighteenth, had completely disappeared in favour of one gown only.
Costumes historiques pour travestissements par Paul Gavarni
Fashion in the Reign of Louis XVI. Modes de Paris. Caps – Bonnets – Ruches – Low bodices – Coats, cravats, and waistcoats, Sailor jackets and” pierrots”.
The influence of Marie Antoinette on fashion. Various styles of head-dresses. Rose Bertin the world’s first acclaimed couturier. Male and female hairdressers. The toilet of the queen of France. The opera.
Rose Bertin, the Court dressmaker – Fashions in Paris à l’Anglaise – Gauze handkerchiefs round the neck – Hair-dressing – Excessive use of feathers in the hair – At Versailles a forest of feathers – Extravagant cost of feathers for hats
The origin of the hooped skirt. The Farthingale, Petticoats, Leghorn Chips.