women's accessories in France (19th)

31 DEC – clothing

Today we are going to talk about clothing and more precisely about accessories. You probably know the corset, but do you know the crinoline or the bustle? These accessories were essential elements of 19th century fashion. Let’s discover together the women’s accessories in France in the 19th century.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT Women’s accessories in France in the 19th century

During the 1840s, the use of the corset developed again. It reduces the size and stiffens the bust. 

The crinoline was invented in 1856 by the Frenchman, Auguste Person. The crinoline is a basket-shaped structure composed of hoops to maintain the width of the skirts.

At the end of the 1860s, a variant of the crinoline was developed: the bustle. Its flattened shape at the front and projected backwards is also called “crayfish tail”.

The initial shape developed by the crinoline will lead to many other experiments. For example, it was not uncommon for women to use waist cushions. They had the advantage of not putting pressure on the body.

The corset in the 1880s was reinvented, the waist was heavily compressed and the chest amplified. The lower abdomen area is held by a curved busk.

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“Crinoline, corset, bustle… This collection of accessories allows us to discover all the different techniques used to modify the female figure.”

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GO FURTHER

After seeing the women’s accessories in France in the 19th century, we advise you to go further by taking a look at the 19th century French women’s cloakroom. 

WHAT’S NEXT

The next clothing collection will present you the French Men’s Cloackoom of the 18th and 19th century.

 

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