Man in redingote and chapeau claque on the Boulevard des Italiens.

Redingote, chapeau claque, Romantic, fashion, Boulevard,
A Corner on the Boulevard des Italiens (1833).

A Corner on the Boulevard des Italiens; (1833).

Courboin, François (illustrator)

Man in redingote and chapeau claque on the Boulevard des Italiens.

Romantic fashion in the reign of Louis Philippe.

The man in this plate is wearing a militaire or demi-solde redingote, a long, low-waisted coat. He is also wearing a ‘chapeau claque’ or what contemporary Americans might call a ‘top hat.’

The woman is wearing a dress that is tightly cinched at the middle by a corset and accentuated on both sides by large, billowing sleeves and a very wide skirt. She is also wearing a fashionable Alsatian cap.

Source: Fashion in Paris; the various phases of feminine taste and æsthetics from the revolution to the end of the XIXth century by Octave Uzanne, Lady Mary Loyd, François Courboin. London, W. Heinemann, 1901.


Note:  Men's leisure suit. Romantic fashion era 1837.

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