Fashion of the Romantic Period

During the 1800’s, woman wore steel hoops under their skirts to make them rounder. Under their dresses, there would be petticoats, shifts and corsets to support their breasts.  They were able to afford more cloth since it was made out of cotton which was cheaper. Necklines were low and the sleeves were long or short.

For men there were many coats: frock coats, morning coats, tail coats, dusters, capes as well as collared and collarless shirts. The 1800’s fashion was all about polish and sophistication, which is evident by the clothing worn by the men.

French Revolution Era Fashion

After 1789, fashion drastically changed in France. Clothing was always a staple of class, and wealth. Clothing was also used symbolically. For example, in July 1789, the government of the city of Paris decided that citizens must wear red, white and blue for Nationialistic reasons. The red and blue symbolized the city of Paris, and the white stood for the monarchy. Over time, the French flags colors stood for liberty, equality and fraternity. The red and blue today are still time-honored to symbolize the historic city of Paris, while the white is a color for Royalty/Monarchy.

Check out this link to this era’s fashion in France:


Fashion in the Romantic Period

On this webpage, constructed by Cornell University, we get to see the “historic dress” of the Romantic Period. What is different between Cornell’s webpage and what we learned in class is they have the Romantic period from 1815 to 1840. According to them, dresses became fuller and more natural. According to them, women dressed both “weak” and decorative. This is because at this time, they were still considered the “weaker” sex. Below is the image they use to illustrate what was commonly worn. PLATE89CX.JPG

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Image from History Extra


This is some information about portrait paintings from The Met Museum. It’s loaded with links to paintings.

British Library has a few pages about food culture by the century, and it even briefly talks about power structures and how they influence food culture!

History Extra has a longish article about fashion in 17th century London, but it’s worth the read! The clothing is about as lacy and poofy as you’re imagining.

There’s lots of info on the web about culture throughout history.