Costumes De Cour, Règne De Louis XV, d’après Cochin Fils, 1745.
Rococo court costumes, Reign Of Louis XV, 1745.
Drawn and engraved by Polydore Pauquet.
Louis XV was the King of France from 1715 to 1774, and his reign is known for its significant impact on fashion.
During his time as king, he became a patron of the arts and encouraged the development of new styles in fashion, architecture, and interior design. He also established the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, which helped to promote French art and design.
Rococo was a style that emerged in France during the 18th century. It was characterised by its ornate and decorative and delicate designs, which were often inspired by nature, mythology and classical art. This fashion style was popularised during the reign of Louis XV, who was known for his love of luxury and extravagance. The Rococo fashion was not only limited to clothing but also extended to furniture, architecture, and other decorative arts. It was a style that celebrated beauty, elegance, and refinement, and it had a lasting impact on the world of fashion and design.
The popularity of chinoiserie, or Chinese-inspired designs, also grew during this time, reflecting a fascination with exotic cultures and far-off lands.
The king’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, was also a major influence on the arts and fashion of the time. She was a patron of many artists and designers, and her taste for delicate pastel colors, floral patterns, and asymmetrical designs helped to define the Rococo style.
Women’s dresses featured flowing skirts that were often adorned with ruffles and lace, while men’s clothing became more fitted and tailored. Both genders wore pastel colors, such as pale pinks, blues, and greens; featuring intricate patterns, floral motifs.
One of the most notable features was the use of decorative elements, such as bows, ribbons, and flowers. These embellishments were often placed in unexpected places, such as on the back of a dress or on the side of a coat. Additionally, Rococo fashion incorporated intricate embroidery and delicate fabrics, such as silk and satin.
Hairstyles also played a significant role. Women wearing elaborate updos adorned with feathers, flowers, and jewels. Men’s wigs became increasingly popular, with styles ranging from short and curly to long and flowing.
Overall, Louis XV’s reign had a lasting impact on fashion, characterized by their attention to detail and whimsical designs. The style represented a departure from the formality of the Baroque era and ushered in a new era of playfulness and elegance. It became popular not only in France but throughout Europe. It was particularly favored by the aristocracy and the wealthy, who used fashion as a way to display their wealth and status.
“Modes et Costumes Historiques“. Edited and steel engraving by Hippolyte Louis Emile and Polidor Jean Charles Pauquet. Published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin London, 1864
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