Worn over a bodice which usually did contain stays, though readily adjustable ones and a skirt of either matching or contrasting fabric, much in the spirit of what are now called separates, the casual dress of the s often showed off textiles and trim just as luxurious as those used for court dress. But while robes de cour were designed to be imposing and formal, robes de chambre were easygoing and relaxed.
And on this fashion dichotomy, court versus city, the sector of the modern fashion industry known as couture was founded. Parisian high fashion was now dictated by women—by women designers taking their lead from their clients and producing high-fashion garments suited to the way these women wanted to live.
At the same time, French fashion was booming, with more out-of-towners looking to take home some Parisian class and more locals with the means to dress rich. Plus the fashion press was first getting off the ground, in the form of periodicals like Le Mercure galant , which published quarterly style reports.
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So you had proto fashion editors informing their eager-to-keep-current audiences that the dressing gown was the must-have uniform for this more casual age, calling out specific female designers. DeJean compares it to the stylistic revolution of the s.
Contact the author at kelly jezebel. So you had proto fashion editors informing their eager-to-keep-current audiences that the dressing gown was the must-have uniform for this more casual age, calling out specific female designers.
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