The leading fashion designers of the eighteenth century looked to the sixteenth century and later to classical Greece and Rome for ideas and inspiration.
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French directoire. Neoclassical fashion in the transition to the Empire. 1789-1800.
The party dress here shows definite leanings toward the Romantic period, which began with 1815.
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Costumes and scarves in the 18th and 19th century. The fashion of classicism during the French directorate, consulate and first empire.
France 18th century. Fashion types from the time of the Directory. Stock exchange speculators and crooks. The Merveilleuses and the Incroyables.
Womens fashion at an Official ball during the French Empire in 1804. White remained a very popular color for women during the Empire period.
The comfortable costume, in which the belt was attached at a normal height, was soon followed by the close-fitting dress, the robe collante
Costumed Empire people at a masked ball at the Paris Opera 1804. Illustration by Jean-Francois Bosio. Composition pour le “Journal des Dames”.
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Hurdy-gurdy. Organ grinder. The Halfpenny Showman. From: The Costume of Great Britain, by W.H. Pyne, 1808.