French costumes after the Edict of 1633. The Sumptuary law.

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Costume de Seigneur et de Dames. Apres l’édit de réforme 1633.

Lord and Ladies costumes after the edict of 1633.

Costume de Seigneur et de Dames. Apres l’édit de réforme 1633. D’après Abraham Bosse.

Edict of 1633. The Sumptuary law.

In 1629 and 1633, Louis XIII of France issued edicts regulating “Superfluity of Dress” that prohibited anyone but princes and the nobility from wearing gold embroidery or caps, shirts, collars and cuffs embroidered with metallic threads or lace,[31] and puffs, slashes, and bunches of ribbon were severely restricted. As with other such laws, these were widely disregarded and laxly enforced. A series of popular engravings by Abraham Bosse depicts the supposed effects of this law. Source Wikipedia.

Abraham Bosse (1604 – 1676) was a French engraver and etcher. Bosse provided a tremendous amount of leaves with culturally and historically interesting descriptions of ceremonies, festivals and scenes from the life of the people. He was a friend of the architect and mathematician Girard Desargues and presented some of his ideas are in popular form, as this could Desargues himself.

Source: Paris à travers les siècles. Histoire nationale de Paris et des Parisiens depuis la fondation de Lutèce jusqu’à nos jours, par Henri Gourdon de Genouillac, 1879. Henri Gourdon, known as Gourdon de Genouillac (1826 – 1898) was a French historian, novelist and heraldist specialising in the French nobility and its coats of arms. He was scientific editor of the Journal des employés de Paris, the Journal héraldique, the Monde artiste (1862-1898) and the Passe-temps, a literary and anecdotal journal.

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Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History by Richard Thompson Ford.


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