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Directoire Collection

Background imageDirectoire Collection: PERSEPHONE CORSET AD

PERSEPHONE CORSET AD
Just see what a Persephone corset can do for your figure - however svelte you are, it will make you svelter !

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Corset Persephone, 1911

Corset Persephone, 1911
The veritable corset Persephone renders the sveltest Parisiennes even svelter

Background imageDirectoire Collection: A dandy on a walk in the Tuileries Gardens, 1800

A dandy on a walk in the Tuileries Gardens, 1800
A walk in the Tuileries Gardens. A dandy of the Year VIII, 1800. Incroyable in coat, breeches, hose and slippers, with tricorn and cockade. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: The Russian Mountains, Les Montagnes Russes, Paris, 1812

The Russian Mountains, Les Montagnes Russes, Paris, 1812
Fashionable couple at the Russian Mountains rollercoaster, Les Montagnes Russes a Belleville, built in 1812. (The first switchback, Year VII, 1799). Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Man in loose fitting coat, waistcoat, trousers and boots

Man in loose fitting coat, waistcoat, trousers and boots
Man in loose fitting coat of grey cloth with velvet collar, pink-and-white check waistcoat, hazelnut colour trousers and soft boots. Handcoloured lithograph by E

Background imageDirectoire Collection: SLIPS & KNICKERS 1935 SLIPS & KNICKERS 1935

SLIPS & KNICKERS 1935 SLIPS & KNICKERS 1935
Fashionable lingerie in art silk: sets composed of a slip with lace yoke & directoire knickers, or a slip & French knickers, plus a nightgown with bow trim. Date: 1935

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Costume of a lower-class merveilleuse

Costume of a lower-class merveilleuse.. Costume of a lower-class merveilleuse, habitue of the galeries de bois of the Palais Royale

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Dress maker strolling in the Tuileries, 1802

Dress maker strolling in the Tuileries, 1802
strolling in the Tuileries, below the river terrace, 1802. She wears a bonnet with ribbons, dress and apron, and carries a hat box and bolts of fabric. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman at the Picture Exhibition at the Paris Salon

Woman at the Picture Exhibition at the Paris Salon
Woman in fashionable dress at the Picture Exhibition at the Paris Salon, Academie des Beaux-Arts, Year VIII, 1800. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Gentleman in carrick coat in Frascati s, Paris

Gentleman in carrick coat in Frascati s, Paris
Gentleman putting on carrick coat while leaving a fashionable salon. A public room at Frascati s, Paris, Year VIII, 1800. Famous salon for parties, balls, concerts and gambling

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Boys in jackets and breeches with Merveilleuse, 1800

Boys in jackets and breeches with Merveilleuse, 1800
Boys in jackets and breeches with Merveilleuse in Roman robe with bonnet and spencer jacket. Little Patriots, Year VIII, 1800. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Fashionable Incroyables in a gambling den, 1800

Fashionable Incroyables in a gambling den, 1800
Fashionable Incroyables in high-collar jackets at a gambling table with young woman and croupier. A gambling hell in the Palais Royal, Year VIII, 1800

Background imageDirectoire Collection: In the Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliotheque Nationale, 1897

In the Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliotheque Nationale, 1897. The search for bygone fashions. Two women in dresses with corseted waists

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Fashionable woman with speculators or agioteurs, Paris

Fashionable woman with speculators or agioteurs, Paris
Fashionable woman with a group of speculators or agioteurs, Paris. A one-legged Revolutionary soldier stands guard. Stock jobbing at the Palais Royal, Year VII, 1799. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Fashionable women in the gardens of the Tuileries, 1799

Fashionable women in the gardens of the Tuileries, 1799
Two fashionable women in the gardens of the Tuileries, Jardins des Tuileries, Paris, Year VII, 1799. In low-cut, high-waisted robes tied with ribbons, bonnets, holding fans

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman and child in front of the Fountain of Leda, 1799

Woman and child in front of the Fountain of Leda, 1799
Woman and child in front of the Fountain of Leda, Fontaine de Leda, in the Rue du Regard, Paris, Year VII, 1799. (Designed by Francois-Jean Bralle and built in 1807)

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Fashionable woman in front of the Theatre des Varietes

Fashionable woman in front of the Theatre des Varietes, Boulevard Montmartre, Year VII, 1799. (Built in 1807). She wears bonnet, fichu, high-waisted robe and long-sleeved gloves

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Fashionable woman in front of the Bains Vigier, 1797

Fashionable woman in front of the Bains Vigier, 1797
Fashionable woman or Merveilleuse in front of the Bains Vigier or Vigiers thermal baths on the banks of the River Seine, Year V, 1797. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman arriving for an appointment at the Cafe des

Woman arriving for an appointment at the Cafe des
Fashionable woman arriving for an appointment at the Cafe des Tuileries, Paris, Year VI, 1798. She wears a bonnet, lilac fichu, low-cut classical style dress, sandals. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Fashionable couple on the terrace of the Tuileries

Fashionable couple on the terrace of the Tuileries, Paris, Year VI, 1798. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V. after an illustration by Francois Courboin from Octave Uzannes Fashion in Paris

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Fashionable couple driving in a whiskey carriage, 1797

Fashionable couple driving in a whiskey carriage, 1797
Fashionable couple driving in a one-horse whiskey carriage or gig in Longchamps, Paris, Year V, 1797. Woman in bonnet, spencer jacket over low-cut dress. Handcoloured lithograph by R.V

Background imageDirectoire Collection: A cosmetics and accessories seller making a house

A cosmetics and accessories seller making a house call. The customers are a geisha madam and two young geisha in an okiya

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in pansy-coloured dress, apron and shawl

Woman in pansy-coloured dress, apron and shawl
Woman in pansy-coloured dress, chiffon apron, cornette a la paysanne hat, long gloves and lace shawl. Handcoloured lithograph by A

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in white dress ornamented with pink bouffants

Woman in white dress ornamented with pink bouffants
Woman holding sheet music in white dress ornamented with pink bouffants, black crepe and lace bonnet, pink corsage and fichu, black velvet belt. Handcoloured lithograph by A

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in white dress with pink trim, striped apron

Woman in white dress with pink trim, striped apron
Woman in white dress with pink trim, casque hat with pink panaches, and striped apron. Handcoloured lithograph by A. Carrache after an illustration by Francois-Claudius Compte-Calix from Les Modes

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in pansy dress with straw-coloured apron

Woman in pansy dress with straw-coloured apron, bonnet with white lace. Handcoloured lithograph by A. Carrache after an illustration by Francois-Claudius Compte-Calix from Les Modes Parisienne sous

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in white dress with velvet design

Woman in white dress with velvet design, red velvet hat and long straw-colour gloves. Handcoloured lithograph by E. Bracquet after an illustration by Francois-Claudius Compte-Calix from Les Modes

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in white dress with yellow trim with fan

Woman in white dress with yellow trim with fan
Woman in white dress with yellow trim, yellow slippers, yellow and violet hat, with fan. Handcoloured lithograph by A. Lacourriere after an illustration by Francois-Claudius Compte-Calix from Les

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in white dress with straw-coloured trim

Woman in white dress with straw-coloured trim and garnet belt, capote hat in garnet silk. Handcoloured lithograph by A. Lacourriere after an illustration by Francois-Claudius Compte-Calix from Les

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in white dress with black velvet trim

Woman in white dress with black velvet trim, red waistcoat, blue fur sash, white hat ornamented with flowers. Handcoloured lithograph by E

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in white dress and corsage with green trim, pink apron

Woman in white dress and corsage with green trim, pink apron, and pink and lace capote. Handcoloured lithograph by A. Carrache after an illustration by Francois-Claudius Compte-Calix from Les Modes

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in hazelnut-colour dress, fichu-chemise and blue hat

Woman in hazelnut-colour dress, fichu-chemise and blue hat
Woman in hazelnut-colour dress, fichu-chemise, blue hat and long straw-colour gloves. Handcoloured lithograph by A. Paul Lacourriere after an illustration by Francois-Claudius Compte-Calix from Les

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Man in hazelnut colour coat with monocle

Man in hazelnut colour coat with monocle
Man in hazelnut colour coat, green culottes and gloves, black boots and hat with tricolor cockade. Handcoloured lithograph by A

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Woman in white tunic dress trimmed with lilac velvet

Woman in white tunic dress trimmed with lilac velvet, velvet hat with lace veil, and yellow fichu. Handcoloured lithograph by A

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Sarah Elizabeth, Susannah and Sophia Copley

Sarah Elizabeth, Susannah and Sophia Copley, daughters of John Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst. Two younger sisters playing with the ringlets of the oldest sister Sarah

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Uniform of a messager d etat (state messenger)

Uniform of a messager d etat (state messenger) under the Directory. Each councilor had four messengers who wore white tunic, blue coat and hat with tricolor plumes

Background imageDirectoire Collection: A Thephilanthropist in robes

A Thephilanthropist in robes
A Thephilanthropist, religious sect founded by the visionary Catherine Theot, Directory era, 1795-1799. Handcoloured lithograph from Le Bibliophile Jacob aka Paul Lacroixs Costumes Historiques de la

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Costumes of common French people, 1797, Directory era

Costumes of common French people, 1797, Directory era
Costumes of common French people, Directory era. Handcoloured lithograph from Le Bibliophile Jacob aka Paul Lacroixs Costumes Historiques de la France (Historical Costumes of France)

Background imageDirectoire Collection: French military uniform, Directory era, 1797

French military uniform, Directory era, 1797. Handcoloured lithograph from Le Bibliophile Jacob aka Paul Lacroixs Costumes Historiques de la France (Historical Costumes of France)

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Peoples representative, French Directory Era

Peoples representative, French Directory Era. Representant du Peuple, Directoire. Bicorn with tricolor plumes and tricolor sash belt

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Paul Francois Jean Nicolas, Vicomte de Barras

Paul Francois Jean Nicolas, Vicomte de Barras (1755-1829), leader of the Directory. In the uniform of a member of the Directoire

Background imageDirectoire Collection: The Tallien Costume, finishing touches to a new fashion

The Tallien Costume, finishing touches to a new fashion
The Tallien costume, so called after the famous Directoire beauty, Mme. Tallien, the latest fashion from Paris. A model being fitted with the style at the salon of Doeillet. Date: 1912

Background imageDirectoire Collection: AUX TROIS QUARTIERS 1909

AUX TROIS QUARTIERS 1909
Ladies in fashionable hobble skirts, one wears a coatee or spencer with Directoire collar & lapels & a blouse with a ruff. She also wears a large hat not unlike a Lunardi. Date: 1909

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Pink & Gold Gown C. 1911

Pink & Gold Gown C. 1911
The Directoire / Empire silhouette: a high-waisted pink & gold gown with an ornately embroidered corsage & decorative panel on the narrow trained skirt

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Costume: Lunardi Hat

Costume: Lunardi Hat
Masculine influenced double- breasted jacket with large lapels; large gauze & wire framed hat (balloon or Lunardi hat); simple white muslin dress with sash... Date: 1787 - 1792

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Merry Widow Hat C. 1908

Merry Widow Hat C. 1908
Actress Phyllis Le Grand as Diane in " The Quaker Girl" wears a hat in the style of that worn by Lily Elsie in " The Merry Widow", with a large crown & ostrich plumes

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Chemise & Knickers 1920

Chemise & Knickers 1920
A young woman with an angular bob hairstyle models a chemise & a pair of matching Directoire knickers ornamented with a circular motif trim

Background imageDirectoire Collection: Babeuf in Prison

Babeuf in Prison
FRANCOIS EMILE BABEUF French revolutionary depicted in prison for conspiring to overthrow the Directoire. But he will stab himself before they get him to the scaffold. Date: 1760 - 1797



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