The leading fashion designers of the eighteenth century looked to the sixteenth century and later to classical Greece and Rome for ideas and inspiration.
Costume silhouettes of the sixteenth century changed rapidly with the introduction of the corset, the basquine, the hoop skirt, or vertugale.
The hoop skirt in the age of the Spanish fashion (Renaissance) 16th century, in the age of rococo (Baroque), 18th century, crinoline fashion, 19th century.
LA COMTESSE DE PROVENCE. Robe de Cour, Moyen Panier 1778. Galerie des Modes et Costumes Français Dessinés d’Apres Nature 1778-1787.
The Caraco was a tight-fitting women’s jacket with an attached peplum, widely used in the 18th century.
Fashion in the Reign of Louis XVI. Modes de Paris. Caps – Bonnets – Ruches – Low bodices – Coats, cravats, and waistcoats, Sailor jackets and” pierrots”.
The influence of Marie Antoinette on fashion. Various styles of head-dresses. Rose Bertin the world’s first acclaimed couturier. Male and female hairdressers. The toilet of the queen of France. The opera.
The origin of the hooped skirt. The Farthingale, Petticoats, Leghorn Chips.
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