Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Fichu

The fichu was a shawl-like piece of fabric worn over the shoulders and the neckline of a woman's dress. The two flaps of the fabric crossed at the breast of the bodice and was fastened at the lower part of the back. It was quite common either to have a fichu made of lace or decorated it with brooches. The style became especially popular in the 1770-80's France but originated in England. Also, it was a popular style among elderly ladies of the court. As always a few portraits of lovely ladies demonstrating the fashion:

Countess Spencer

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