18th Century Fashion

The 18th century was a period when fashion was escalating to new levels. The heavier garments were replaced by light fabrics and colors. Here are some interesting facts of costumes and clothing in the 18th century.

The 18th century was a period in which the world of fashion was going through dramatic changes. People were looking for the comfort factor as well as making a style statement.

In the 18th century, women chose to wear loose gowns also known as a mantuas . This elaborate gown, with corsets shaped in the form of cones was extensively worn throughout this period. These gowns were supported by panniers which gave them a unique shape. The detail used in sewing the gown was remarkable for its time. The waist coats worn along with flared skirts and knee length breeches formed a formidable part of the attire for men. A popular hat called the tricorn , with a three-sided brim was very popular among men. Among women, high waist dresses formed an integral part of their attire during the 18th century.

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