Ladies had certainly to endure in these days to realize what they have been happy to name the attractive, and it’s fairly a aid to recollect the second when Marie Antoinette took a sudden caprice to look with out hoops in a tender satin robe with large sleeves, which set the style in London in addition to in France. For a short while solely, nevertheless, such moderation dominated, and the hoops got here again bigger than ever in 1784, when the Duchess of Cumberland swept the ground in 5 yards of brocade, and a stomacher blazing stiffly with jewels.
The pastoral simplicity of the Petit Trianon ought to have actually made extra lasting impression than it did. For the Court docket women performed at milkmaids beneath the rule of their farmer Queen, and churned butter with their very own truthful fingers, and located a large discipline for dainty disguises in rustic and ruinous simplicity.
The peasant ladies’ attire of stuffs and muslin have been glorified by wealthy silks and muslin and challis decked with lace fichus and topped with rose-coloured and be-ribboned straw hats, and embroidered holland and Persian cambric have been affected economies no inexpensive than the maize-coloured silk and striped inexperienced and white satin of avowed prodigality. The Trianon was a contented hunting-ground for flirtation, however that’s one other story, certainly an awesome many ; but it surely served too as a pretext for innumerable new frocks, and the colour-prints of the time convincingly show the dainty prospects afforded by the artifice of simplicity allied to a pleasant style in ribbons.
The times of Marie Antoinette
We have now to return to the times of Marie Antoinette for a observe which aroused some curiosity and amusement when a dressmaker in London final yr was fired with a want to revive it. Robes have been invested with the facility to specific particular emotion, and Moliere held the notion as much as ridicule in his well-known Pre’cieuses. Lengthy slender footwear with the seam on the heel, whose socket was studded with jewels, have been referred to as venez-y-voir ; and this suggestion of forwardness was once more evident in a ribbon which glided by the identify of “ marked consideration.” Different absurdities usually quoted have been the robe generally known as the ‘ stifled sigh,” trimmed with “superfluous regrets, and the cap of “ assured conquest,” and a muff of “ momentary agitation.”
In the direction of the top of the reign of Louis XVI. the low head-dress got here into trend, the quick curls being gathered right into a knot of ribbon or “ catogan,” and the truthful moderated their transports for powdered hair which had abundantly obtained in white, reddish blonde, and gray.