For the study of historical dress; consisting of analyses of costume in paintings, translations of and research into fashion plates, and occasionally actual sewing.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Galerie des Modes, 49e Cahier, 2e Figure
The frisky Lisette on a morning walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg: she is coiffed with a pouf à la Almaviva and dressed in a caraco and petticoat of taffeta striped à la Baroco. (1786)
"It was useless to recommend to our young beauties walking exercise, if fashion was mixed on it. One tronchined* because coquetry found something in it. The négligé toilette is a refinement of the art of pleasing. A fine and delicate waist never fears to show itself in a caraco; the other sort is best in the gown à la polonaise and the pulled in mantelet. The shadow of an ample calash lends more piquancy to the attractions which dread the brightness of the day. A beautiful hand rounds itself on a cane which has no other use; frail ornament, that reluctantly takes these to which it becomes a necessary support."