Thursday, September 12, 2013

Galerie des Modes, 53e Cahier, 2e Figure

Young woman preserving herself from bad air: she is dress in a redingote à l'Anglaise and coiffed with a cap à la matineuse. (1787)

"Here is Fashion and she comes herself to instruct us.  For at least fifteen days, retrench the plumes and your coiffure.  While you murmur about it, and while I myself complain about it, it is necessary to obey.  You will take them back again in a little while; but during this time, they must be deposed.  Your head may only be covered with a Chapeau-Bonnette whose brim falls rooflike all around and whose crown, very puffed and very large, is tied with a ribbon, forming a large bow in the back.  There is your whole coiffure.  This hat may be of blue gauze, or if you like it better, pink gauze; it may be of a very light blue or pink taffeta, and tied with a violet ribbon, or a white ribbon; but there may be nothing more: I want it.  I only change what is in your parure; but it pleases me to change it."

Le Magasin des Modes, July 15, 1786

5 comments:

  1. That hat is fantastic! "Rooflike" is a good way to describe it. I don't understand the "forming a large bow in the back" part though, it seems to be forming a large bow on all sides.

    The buttons are great too. 1780s fashion does such wonderful things with large buttons.

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    1. Oops. I've just realized that the fashion plate and the text are separate.

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    2. Yes, unfortunately the original text that actually goes with the pictures for the 3rd and 4th volumes appears to be lost to history. :(

      I really love this hat and want to try to make one sometime.

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    1. It's pretty amazing! They exaggerated it so much that it doesn't even appear to be actually touching her head.

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