Silhouette and Leotard: a Tale of Two Men?


Silhouette portrait cut at Leamington of Richard, Elizabeth Georgina, and Edward George Barrett, August 8, 1837. From The Connoisseur Volume LXXXI. [The Connoisseur Ltd., London, 1928]. Auguste Amant Constant Fidele Edouart / photo by The Print Collector / Getty Images.

In this week’s episode, we meet the men behind the fashion: Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767) and Jules Leotard (1842-1870).

Additional Reading

  • Bruna, Denis, ed. Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.
  • Mayorga, Luanne. “Leotard.” Ethnic Dress in the United States: a Cultural Encyclopedia, edited by Annette Lynch and Mitchell Strauss, 186-187. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • Vigarello, Georges. The Silhouette: From the 18th Century to the Present Day. Translated by Augusta Dörr. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.