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Fashion Style of the 18th Century

In 1714, Queen Anne of Great Britain passed away, and the first of a series of Georges came to the throne, thus marking the dawn of an extraordinary new era of exploration, industry, invention and art—the Georgian Era.

As the rural economy shifted to an urban industrial one, enormous advances in design, science and engineering brought wealth to a new class of merchants, entrepreneurs and financiers.

The nouveau riche middle class did its best to imitate the lifestyle of the aristocracy. Looking fashionable enough was a full-time concern, and a tall order, as the Georgian aristocracy never did things by halves.

Unlike the 17th century, that was parliament, and not the monarchy, which held sway over governing the country.

Plush new town homes were built for the purpose of housing the politicians as well as their servants for the London season.

Fashion successfully established the overall social pecking order. Aristocratic elites copies each other’s tastes, the middle class respectively watched and learnt, the press fanned and exaggerated the public’s fascination with the glitterati.

It was the elegant age of the Beau Monde with luxurious exhibitions, pleasure gardens as well as assemblies. All of them were open for anybody, capable of purchasing tickets.

Men’s attire remained quite static in the 18th century, so these were predominantly coats, breeches and waistcoats —with stylistic changes to the cut and fabric.

Suits varied from the elaborately embroidered silks as well as velvets of formal “full dress” to hard-wearing woolen garments, suitable for country and outdoor sport pursuits.

The 18th-century Beau Monde male were eager to look as fashionable as they could with seemingly little effort.

Between 1720 and 1780, ladies boasted imposing Robes à la Française and also Robes à l’Anglaise. Derived from the loose negligée sacque dress of the early part of the 18th century, Robes à la Française featured an open funnel-shaped front, often with stomacher panel as well as wide rectangular skirts of expansive fabric decorated with sleek Rococo designs.

By the way, the robe à la française compelled males literary everywhere to declare their love on bended knee.

Court etiquette suggested the highest level of commitment to fashion. At that time size really mattered. One name definitely stood out throughout Europe as synonymous with court fashion. Sure, it was Marie Antoinette.

In 1714, Queen Anne of Great Britain passed away, and the first of a series of Georges came to the throne, thus marking the dawn of an extraordinary new era of exploration, industry, invention and art—the Georgian Era.

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