Élégantes. Les modes du second empire. Costume féminin français.

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: How to Hand Sew Georgian Gowns and Wear Them With Style by Lauren Stowell (Author), Abby Cox (Author).

Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox of American Duchess have endeavored to make the impossible possible by bringing historically accurate dressmaking techniques into your sewing room. Learn how to make four of the most iconic 18th century silhouettes―the English Gown, Sacque Gown, Italian Gown and Round Gown―using the same hand sewing techniques done by historic dressmakers.

Élégantes, modes, second empire, costume, féminin, français,

L’histoire du costume féminin français. Les modes du second empire 1852 a 1870. Planche 1. – Élégantes


  1. Comtesse Walewska. Robe à crinoline en lainage marron clair, à volants bordés de dents brodées en soie marron foncé; sous-manches boutfantes de lingerie à pois bleus.
  2. Paletot cintré en lainage noir, garni de passementeries, manches larges.
  3. Marquise de Contades. Robe de ville en taffetas paille, à volants garnis de lisérés de soie noire.
  4. Impératrice Eugénie. Robe de cour dessinée par David, en satin blanc, nœuds de rubans et volants de dentelle. Traîne garnie de fleurs brodées d’argent et frangée d’un ruché.
  5. La belle Nicchia. Robe de cérémonie pour jeune fille. Soie blanche, corsage en pointe, jupe à crinoline, des guirlandes de roses partent du corsage et tombent sur la jupe.
  6. Comtesse de Castiglione. Robe de velours à large volant bouillonné, retombant sur la jupe, retenu par des rubans rouges partant du corsage. Large fleur brodée. Au bas de la jupe, ruchés de ruban plissé formant des dents arrondies.
  7. Duchesse de Persigny. Robe en satin rose, corsage plat garni de dentelle et de perles blanches.



Note:  Corsages. Les modes sous Louis XV. La mode du rococo.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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Auguste Racinet. The Costume History by Françoise Tétart-Vittu.

Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted.

Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through to the end of the 19th century, the six volume work remains completely unique in its scope and detail. “Some books just scream out to be bought; this is one of them.” ― Vogue.com

The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
by Virginia Postrel (Author)

From Neanderthal string to 3D knitting, an “expansive” global history that highlights “how textiles truly changed the world” (Wall Street Journal)

Fashionpedia - The Visual Dictionary Of Fashion Design

Fashionpedia - The Visual Dictionary Of Fashion Design

FASHIONPEDIA is a visual fashion dictionary covering all the technical terms from style to material to production with illustrations and infographics. It encompasses rich, extensive information and yet is easy to read. Whether you are an industry insider or a fashion connoisseur, FASHIONPEDIA is all you will ever need to navigate the fashion scene.

Textilepedia. The Complete Fabric Guide.

The Textile Manual is an encyclopaedia of textile information, from material to yarn, from fabric structure to the finishing process. Encompassing practical tips for a range of textiles and detailed visuals, this ultra-accessible manual is the perfect companion for fashion aficionados and aspiring fashion designers.


Couture: then and now Clothes define people. A person's clothing, whether it's a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. The Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically.