Category: Directory

The Directory or Directorate (French: Le Directoire; 26 October 1795 – 24 December 1799) was the last form of government of the French Revolution.

The Days of the Directoire. Costumes under the French Revolution.

Public audience, directory, Directoire, Revolution, costumes,

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.

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Paris after the Revolution 1796-1800.

Merveilleuses, revolution, costume, fashion

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


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Fashion History of the French Republic. The fashions of the Directory.

French, Republic, fashion, costumes, modes

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.