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Storming the Bastille in Style

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Happy Bastille Day! – the celebration of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The decade of fashion that followed, one of my favorite, was led by the rebels and street punks. Woman were liberated from corsets and decorations with empire waist, muslin gowns, while men’s fashion became extremely exaggerated with huge collars and tricorn hats. As far as vintage street fashion, its hard to beat the 1790s.

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Above: Storming of the Bastille

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Above: Late 1790s cartoon commenting on the sheerness of women’s dresses as he offers her a coin assuming she is a lady of the night. It was also said that dresses of the period were so sheer that a man could roll up a woman’s dress and fit it in his pocket

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Above: Late 1700s cartoon – 1793 court fashion meets 1778 street fashion

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Above: Late 1790s fashion – dubbed The Incroyables or Muscadin for their trademark musk cologne

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Above: 1790s fashion plate, and Frock coat detail

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Above: 1790 fashion illustration, 1793 fashion illustration

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Above: Late 1790s dresses worn by the Merveilleuses – counter part to the Incroyables

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Above: Late 1790s dresses

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