Thursday, August 29, 2013

Galerie des Modes, 51e Cahier, 4e Figure

The young and amiable Cephise dressed en Amazone and coiffed with a hat trimmed with aigrettes and panaches.
1. Hat edged with flowers, surmounted with gauze and trimmed with ribbons and pearls. 2. Hat trimmed with oval sequins with two follette* plumes. 3. Hat à la Harpie, trimmed with flowers, and surmounted with gauze. (1786)

"Women come closer as much as they can to our practices.  They actually wear suits, as they engage in male occupations; with the difference, however, that they seem only to adopt such suits and such manners that men have abandoned.  We no longer cover ourselves with long, three-collared redingotes; women wear them.  Our watches are now trimmed with simple cords; women burden their with a quantity of trinkets.  Our Petit-Maîtres of the latest taste work their hands into their pockets or their arms dangling; women play with a toy or a light cane in their hands; their hair is now tied very low in a large cadogan, because ours is braided à la Panurge, or put in a queue."

Le Magasin des Modes, July 15, 1786

* "A little crazy", used in a directional manner - the way the plumes lean in different directions.

2 comments:

  1. Dear Cassidy,
    Hmm, now that's a wearable outfit. Some of the recent plates have been so full of flying fabric that they've overwhelmed their wearers. Les Aimiables suffoqué! :)

    Very best,

    Natalie

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    1. Most of them do seem to be wrapped up in mantelets, with their petticoats billowing everywhere, don't they? But I think we're moving into more jackets soon!

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