Saturday, 30 March 2019

Fashion Plates: Suits


Man1787Blog on fashion history and historical clothing.


directoire empire costume images | Costume parisien.....♡(ᵕ̤ૢᴗᵕ̤ૢ)♡Galerie des Modes, 58e Cahier, 5e Figure A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: October 2013

Gallerie des Modes, 1779."Rédingotte à trois colets et Croisée par devant, dite Rédingotte en Lévite", Gallerie des Modes, 1781; MFA 44.1509


Blog on fashion history and historical clothing.Galerie des Modes, 17e Cahier, 5e Figure  Hooded frock coat of red silk plush without buttonholes in front, lined in the same material in black.  The cuffs and shoes are black, the vest is of chiné tricot, the breeches are of red Calamanco, the stockings are ribbed. (1779)


Duke and Peer, decorated with Orders of the King, occupying one of the first places at Court. #embroidered #summersuit #1781Galerie des Modes, 14e Cahier, 3e Figure Spring suit, ribbed fabric with a silver ground, the vest and the cuffs of the suit also ribbed, with the same ground but a different color for the ribbing.

Man's costume of 18th century.Gallerie des Modes, 1778. Wearing that spotty pink coat like a boss!



Galerie des modes et costumes français 1778-1787"Petit Maitre en Chenille Fraque de couleur à la mode Veste de soie à bordure en broderie de soie de diverses couleurs, les Boutons du Fraque d'argent à jour.  Il est coëfé d'un Chapeau à la Pensilvanie", Gallerie des Modes, 1781; MFA 44.1488


Cet homme est vêtu d'un habit en surtout à brandenbourg de camelot de soie doublé de martre, veste de drap d'or à bordure, doublé de pluche de soie blanche, culotte de velours: il porte des sandales par dessus ses souliers."Jeune Elégant vêtu d'un habit brodé avec une veste du plus nouveau gout", Gallerie des Modes, 1787; MFA 44.1670

1780, Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français, 31e. Cahier de Costumes Français, 24e Suite d'habillemens à la mode en 1780. gg.183. Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA.Magasin des Modes, April 1787.
Oooooh! Crazy stripes, big red buttons! I’m in love!

Magasin des Modes, February 1787.
Love those colors and the big buckles and hat!


Galerie des Modes, 17e Cahier, 3e Figure  Polonaise frock-coat seen from the back, with English braids marking the shape. (1779)

A Most Beguiling Accomplishment: Galerie des Modes, 35e Cahier, 5e FigureMagasin des Modes, January 1786.
Look at the size of those buckles and buttons!


Galerie des Modes, 20e Cahier, 2e Figure  Redingote with collar and bavaroises, a little fitted for riding a horse; morning vest with bavaroises, edged with an English braid; leather breeches. (1779)Galerie des Modes, 19e Cahier, 2e Figure  Polonaise suit, a little dressed-up with a satin piqué vest with colored bavaroises, bordered with gold; keystone hat folded up in the back. (1779)

Galerie des Modes, 20e Cahier, 3e Figure  Redingote en Bakmann or hooded. (1779)Galerie des modes et costumes français 1778-1787

Friday, 29 March 2019

Galerie des Modes

Fashion trends changed rapidly and was the object of intense fascination from both men and women. The first collection of plates and illustrations was distributed in 1778 but the idea had been around since Louis XIV's reign. The plates illustrated the current fashion trends - set by the queen and her ladies - which could then be copied by the bourgeoisie and middle class. Luckily for us, a great deal of these plates have survived which gives us an amazing insight into the fashions of the reign of Louis XVI.

Notice that the robe à la Française was rarely featured in these prints. The reason was that when Marie Antoinette became queen, it was primarily associated with the grandiose court gowns worn at official ceremonies. This is also the reason why most of the Grand Habits are robes à la Française.

Ladies, choose your style - 18th century:

Robe à l'Anglaise

Robe à la Polonaise

Robe à la Circassienne 

Robe à la Turque

Grand Habits

Mourning Clothing

Gentlemen, choose your style - 18th century:

Mourning Clothing

As mentioned, Louis XIV's time also saw illustrations of court personages distributed amongst the public. However, their function was not to spread fashion awareness but more a type of public relations. Nevertheless, it does give us a view of the fashions at the Sun King's court - as well as an indication of the personal tastes of the people depicted. 

Ladies - 17th century

Gentlemen - 17th century

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Robes à la Française: 1750's

Yellow & Orange

French silk gown, 1750's

Possibly English, 1750's

Robe à la française, ca 1750’s England (London), Royal Ontario Museum

Overdress of a woman’s 3 piece dress (robe à la française)EnglishSilk extended tabby (gros de Tours) with liseré self-patterning and brocading in silver lamella and filécirca 1750sRococoArea of OriginDetail back view, robe à la francaise (sack dress), English (London, Spitalfields), c. 1750s. Silk extended tabby (gros de Tours) with liseré self-patterning and brocading in silver lamella and filé.

European, 1750-75

German silk gown, 1750's

Pink & Red

French silk gown, 1750-75

Unknown origin, c. 1750


Silk gown of unknown origin, 1750's

“ Robe à la Française
Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Italian gown, 1750-75


Possibly French, 1750's

Robe à la française: ca. 1750-1760, French, silk damask taffeta, lined with linen, trimmed. Item Number GAL1958.86.1B.

French silk gown, c. 1750

French, 1750-75

Unknown origin, 1750


French gown, 1750-75

Dress Date: 1750–75 Culture: French Medium: cotton Accession Number: C.I.64.32.3a, bDress Date: 1750–75 Culture: French Medium: cotton Accession Number: C.I.64.32.3a, b

Swiss gown, 1750's

“ Robe à la française, 1750’s-60’s
From the Swiss National Museum

French gown of Chinese silk, 1755

“ Robe a la francaise ca. 1755-60
From the Philadelphia Museum of Art