Galerie des Modes, 54e Cahier, 2e Figure

Redingote of violet taffeta, revers, collar, and cuffs white, steel buttons, striped and spotted muslin petticoat: puce straw hat trimmed with large steel buckles: it is edged and belted with black velvet. (1787)

"Women's clothing must have a sex; and this dress must contrast with ours.  A woman must be woman from head to foot: the more a woman resembles a man, the more she surely loses.

"But women come as close as they can to our practices.  They actually wear men's coats, a redingote with three collars, hair tied in a cadogan, a cane in the hand, shoes with low heels, two watches and a coupĂ© gilet."

SĂ©bastien MERCIER, Tableau de Paris, 1788


  1. Oooh. It's glorious!

    I love 1780s redingotes in general, but this is especially fantastic.
    The colour! The buttons!

    I'm amazed by the quality of the plates you post here, they're all so perfectly clean and new looking.

    1. Bunka Gakuen has very, very hi-res scans. But I think some of the cleanliness comes down to the fact that vols. 3 and 4 have been the 1912 reprint, and they seem to have been very well taken care of.


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