Wikipedia writes of 1750s fashion and portraiture:
“Women: Court dress included elaborate and intricate styles influenced by Rococo; hoop skirts; panniers; corsets; petticoats; stays; conical torso shape with large hips; “standardized courtly bodies and faces” with little individuality.
French: Elaborate court dress, colorful,decorative, portraiture inside.
English: Simple and practical, inexpensive durable fabrics, outdoor lifestyle, portraiture outside.”
“Men: Coat; waistcoat: breeches; large cuffs; more attention on individual pieces of the suit; wigs for formal occasions; long and powdered hair”
“Throughout the period, men continued to wear the coat, waistcoat and breeches of the previous period. However, changes were seen in both the fabric used as well as the cut of these garments. More attention was paid to individual pieces of the suit, and each element underwent stylistic changes. Under new enthusiasms for outdoor sports and country pursuits, the elaborately embroidered silks and velvets characteristic of “full dress” or formal attire earlier in the century gradually gave way to carefully tailored woollen “undress” garments for all occasions except the most formal. This more casual style reflected the dominating image of “nonchalance.” The goal was to look as fashionable as possible with seemingly little effort. This was to be the new, predominant mindset of fashion.”
- 1750 – Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Discourse on the Arts and Sciences
- 1752 – Gregorian calendar adopted
- 1759 – Voltaire’s Candide is written
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