The leading fashion designers of the eighteenth century looked to the sixteenth century and later to classical Greece and Rome for ideas and inspiration.
French directoire. Neoclassical fashion in the transition to the Empire. 1789-1800.
Costumes and scarves in the 18th and 19th century. The fashion of classicism during the French directorate, consulate and first empire.
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The striped stockings and crooked stick are characteristic of the Incroyables. The trend toward simplicity resulted in a classic silhouette for women (Merveilleuses).
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France 18th century. Fashion types from the time of the Directory. Stock exchange speculators and crooks. The Merveilleuses and the Incroyables.
Women’s fashion of classicism in France at the end of the 18th century. Modes of the Directory and the Consulate (1795-1804).
France. The fashion of the dandies from 1801 to 1805. Paris in transition from Directoire to Empire.
The comfortable costume, in which the belt was attached at a normal height, was soon followed by the close-fitting dress, the robe collante
The uniforms of the French Navy under the government of Louis XVI and the revolution. 18th century.
The figures are all taken from fashion journals. The period includes the last period of the convent, the rule of the board of directors and the beginning of the consulate.