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Fashion of 18th Century – the End of Royal Luxury

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Fashion of 18th CenturyXVIII century is the regal annals of royal dynasty ends and tragedy of revolutions. In the world of fashion this time is also revolutionary. The decline of royal families and the new epoch of the developing capitalism brought to the rejection of traditions in costumes that transformed to the slightest extent throughout the century and appearance of new tendencies, drastically new for the time. Historians called the century as the «courteous» epoch in France that efficiently influenced the world of fashion. The new careless time occurred in there followed the reign of Louis XIV with light graceful dresses and costumes.

All the attires and images were accompanied with the high powdered wigs, white-snow skin that looks pale with the same powder and tiny beauty spots accentuating the paleness. The fluffy skirts supported by framework from the willow twigs or whalebone, so called pannier, and were extremely popular among the fashionistas of the epoch. During the reign of Marie-Antoinette ladies from high society would wear pannier with elbows, when the skirt enlarged from both sides due to the special framework acquiring the distinctive symmetric elation. The girdle bodice was used to push the bosom up making it alluring.

Marie-Antoinette, the Queen of France, committed to the world of fashion who was the real trendsetter of the time. In particular, it was Marie-Antoinette who entered the history of France as the passionate devotee of puffy attires. She introduced the fashion for the high hairdos, which sometimes achieved a height of over a meter decorated with various details like feathers, flowers, bands, jewelry. The hairdo was almost the major accessory in the ensemble of a woman of that time than any other accessory. Besides, she introduced bustles presented as the special pad at the lower waistline on the back cloth of the lower part of the skirt. These pads drew the typical silhouette with the especially prominent back.

The pretentious puffiness and lavishness of attire that royal families and the court adopted in France, could not help causing the loudly growing dissatisfaction of ordinary population. The economy of the country was found in very ill condition and partly because of extravagant expenditures Marie-Antoinette afforded herself. France was Франция swiftly becoming a beggar and the oppressive tension was growing in the society which led to the revolution, eventually.

For three years the absolute monarchy in France that reigned in the country throughout centuries was broken, new foundations were established in the society and the extremely new fashion tendencies originated.

Bourgeois society roused in France and neighboring Great Britain required a new fashion trend and in response to the unreasonable luxury by the noble people new styles and silhouettes was created based on comfort and durability. The society is obliged to Great Britain, on the whole, for democratization of the fashion when the new class, bourgeoisie, conditioned the occurrence of clothes which was not the unique symbol of the social status. Unlike the lavish attires of people from the high society, the new clothes was made from affordable fabric like satin, silk and practical wool, and new shapes, laconic and simple, replaced the fluffy skirts.

The latest decades of the XVIII century was known for the new trend in cultural life of the country when the epoch of neoclassicism appeared there, being the style that influenced the fashion, painting, architecture and sculpture. Thanks to the neoclassicism the antique style was introduced to public and classic canons set by the antique epoch returned to catwalks.

Fluffy pannier skirts with girdles disappeared from wardrobe of women, replaced by austere and laconic garments made of single-color fabric.

The distinctive feature of women’s dress of the late XVIII century is the strict and simple silhouette and the closely-tight skirt with the high waistline than conflicted with the fluffy girdle skirts which were in two decades ago. Gradually women refused from wearing stiletto shoes to favor for practical flats.

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