This book is a collection of plates and descriptions taken from engravings published in the years 1785-1786 in the Cabinet des Modes, and other more recent archives. We are then at the dawn of the French Revolution, which overthrew forever thereafter fashion. But for now, it is first of Queen Marie-Antoinette's taste which marks the female attire.
In this first volume about fashion of our books collection, we have no other pretension than to show prints that express their own vision that contemporaries had their elegant attire. Of course, this is only the clothes of the privileged classes, if not just those of the nobility of Versailles or the Tuileries in Paris. Bal dresses or outfits for horseback riding, hats or hairstyles, this first book is a visual summary of the clothing tastes of the time.
The collection of Menus-Plaisirs du Roy would like to propose books and works not found about the world of pleasures in the eighteenth century in France. This book on fashion is the first in a series dedicated to the art of clothing and adornment.