Women in large bonnet and chapeau, 1787
Woman in redingote in black wool with two collars, bonnet a la grande pretesse with artificial roses, and woman in striped taffeta robe, fichu, large yellow gauze chapeau tied with violet ribbon. Handcoloured lithograph from Fashions and Customs of Marie Antoinette and her Times, by Le Comte de Reiset, Paris, 1885. The journal of Madame Eloffe, dressmaker and linen-merchant to the Queen and ladies of the court. Date:
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The Co-Optimists is the title of a stage variety revue which opened in London on 27 June 1921at the Royalty Theatre but quickly transferred to the much larger Palace Theatre. The Co-Optimists pierrotic entertainment went through six editions between 1922 and 1927. They could be considered the successors to The Follies. The best known member of the original company was Stanley Holloway who achieved international fame in the film of My Fair Lady. The artist of this striking image is Hugh Willoughby (1891-1973). Date: 1920s
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Three Frenchwomen in fashionable outfits, WW1
Three Frenchwomen in fashionable outfits. High Empire waists, short full skirts and high hairstyles. Gingham dress: plain sailor collar, half belt and patch pockets; coats with wrapover fronts and high fur collars. The women are somewhat incongruously discussing the wartime coal supply crisis which took place in France in late 1917.
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