Five hundred years of French fashion are reproduced directly from a rare and valuable nineteenth-century publication. Artfully rendered illustrations progress chronologically from the flamboyant headgear and voluminous robes of fifteenth-century royalty to the high-waisted Empire styles of the Napoleonic era. Members of the nobility and upper classes are well represented, as are dapper pages, knights, chambermaids, milkmaids and shepherdesses.
A valuable reference for costume designers and fashion historians, this beautiful volume will also serve as a treat for fashion enthusiasts. 76 full-colour plates.