For the study of historical dress; consisting of analyses of costume in paintings, translations of and research into fashion plates, and occasionally actual sewing.
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."