Fashion and Politics: The French Revolution


“Ah! Quelle Antiquité!!! - Oh! Quelle Folie Que La Nouveauté…”, etching, c. 1797. “Ah! Quelle Antiquité!!! - Oh! Quelle Folie Que La Nouveauté…”, etching, c. 1797.

Throughout the history of dress, never have fashion and politics been more entwined than during the French Revolution.

Additional Reading

  • Amman, Elizabeth. Dandyism in the Age of Revolution: The Art of the Cut. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • Bruson, Jean-Marie. Au temps des merveilleuses: la société parisienne sous le Directoire et le Consulat. Paris-Musées, 2005.
  • Gendron, François. The Gilded Youth of Thermidor. Translated by James Cookson. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1993.
  • Ribeiro, Aileen. Fashion in the French Revolution. London: B.T. Bartsford, 1988.
  • Steele, Valerie. Paris Fashion: A Cultural History. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.