Monday, January 30, 2012

What Frenchmen were wearing in 1827

Monday, January 30, 2012
Loretta reports:

As anyone fascinated by fashion history can tell you, finding men’s fashions in the first third of the 19th century isn’t easy.  Men’s magazines existed in abundance, but I haven’t yet come upon any that included fashion plates—not in England, at any rate.  The ones I’ve found online are from Costumes Parisiens, whose plates were often copied into women’s magazines.

Even though men’s styles didn’t change as often or as obviously as women’s did—especially after Beau Brummell established a look that splendidly displayed a man’s assets—they were by no means static; and Englishmen, like Englishwomen, were interested in what their fellows in Paris were wearing.
My cousin sent me two drawings of the present Parisian fashions which I have forwarded to you.  The most fashionable visiting dress consists of a suit of black, the waistcoat of velvet, and velvet collar to the coat.  An underwaistcoat of satin with black spots on it.  Cassimere trowsers, and black silk stockings.  The leading fashionables wear a gold chain for their eye-glass instead of a ribbon.  The walking-dress most common is a light blue frock coat and drab cassimere trowsers; and in wet, or very cold weather, camblet* cloaks are more commonly worn than great-coats.
Gentleman’s Pocket Magazine, 1827

Alas, the magazine didn’t include the drawings.  But here is one 1827 fashion plate from a German magazine.

And here and here are some examples of men’s fashions from the Regency & Romantic eras.

*Camblet—18th and 19th century English and French, plain woven or twilled fabric, made with single or double warp of wool mixed with silk or goat's hair. It was woven in the gray and dyed in the piece; used for cloaks. Originally came from the Orient, where it was made of Angora hair.
—Louis Harmuth,  Dictionary of textiles, 1915

 1826 Costume Parisien fashion plate courtesy Wikipedia.


irishhistoricaltextiles said...

I just found your blog! This is right up my street, I'm delighted :D

Miss Simmonds Says said...

ooh i do rather like the Regency men's outfits. I think I'm going to be massively distracted by your blog whilst at work...

Candice Hern said...

The only other male fashion prints I've seen are from Le Beau Monde, where they were generally paired, in the same print, with one or more females. I do have one male fashion print from Ackermann's Repository, 1810, but it's the only one I've ever seen from that publication.

One would think their tailors and haberdashers would need some sort of illustrations of the latest styles for gentlemen. Maybe they were top secret! :)

LorettaChase said...

Irish, welcome! Miss Simmonds Says, if we can distract you, that proves how fascinating history is! Candice, I agree that there must have been some kind of advertising, and it bugs me that I find so little. Men really cared about their clothes. And why oh why didn't the Gentleman's Pocket Magazine publish the drawings Mr. Tyrrell sent?

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