Directoire/Regency era clothing in detail 1795-1820
Madame d’Aguesseau de Fresnes, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
François-Hubert Drouais (1727-1775):
Portrait of a Lady said to be Mademoiselle Dore. 1765.
Fille de qualité en deshabillé d’étoffe siamoise : [estampe] via
John Hoppner. Mrs. Williams, 1790.
Matilda Stoughton de Jaudenes by Gilbert Stuart - 1794 (detail)
Dress (robe à l’anglaise)
A dress of a blue and pale blue thin-striped pattern, along with a soft luster. In order to pull up the gown’s hem, a cord is attached to it, which makes it possible to wear as robe à la Polonaise, as well. In the latter half of the 18th century, clothing went toward simplification in particular women’s clothing advanced toward a functional direction without the formality. Even textiles for dress with a light texture entered the mainstream. Moreover, the preference to striped patterns that became the fashions that involve all the classes from this period also shows such a tendency.
Baron François Pascal Simon Gérard. Eglée Auguie Ney, Duchese d’Elchingen, 1st Princess de la Moskowa, 1808.
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