Timeline: Fashion in the French Revolution

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"Ah! Quelle Antiquité!!!"
1793 meets 1774

I celebrated this year's Bastille Day by sorting through my hundreds of images on my hard-drive and old versions of this site to categorize galleries of late 18th century (mostly french) costume. We'll introduce this new subcategory with a summary timeline.

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1780-ish Introduction of the chemise gown based on informal dressing gowns of the period
Marie Antoinette Vigée le Brun 1783
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The Chemise Gown is wildly popular
1788 < em>Les Lavoisiers by David
She survived the guillotine, he did not
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Adoption of the Robe à la Anglais
Ducreux 1790
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Martial fashions, long popular in England, make a big splash as the people are militarized
1790 Fashion Plate
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1790 The Chemise Gown becomes a symbol of egalitarian revolutionary values
Comtesse de Sorcy
Jacques-Louis David
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1791
Women donating their jewelry to the Patrie
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1791 Robe à la Anglais festooned with tricolor ribbons and cockades and a tricolor yoyo!
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1791 Robe à la Anglais with Republican sensibilities
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1792 Théroigne de Méricourt took the equestrian/martial fashion to an extreme
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1792 Journal des Modes releases this fashion plate of an Amazone that looks suspiciously like Théroigne above!
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1792 Sans-culotte
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1792 Fashion Plate Journal des Modes
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1792 Introducing the Incroyables! Royalist fops who would riot in the streets hitting revolutionary sympathizers with big sticks.
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1795 The powdered, curled wig is gone. Replaced by short clipped hair in the Roman style, and close-fit suits in sober tones
Jean-Baptiste Isabey and His Daughter
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1795 similar to above. Just after The Terror, note the discreet cockade attached to his top hat
Jacques-Louis David Monsieur Seriziat
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1795 Madame Seriziat's matching portrait to above by David. Note her cockade is even more discreet than her husband's
Madame Seriziat
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1798 The high-waisted grecian chemise gown is now the primary silhouette
Gabrielle-Josephine du Pont
Léopold Boilly

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