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 Underwear in 18th century 
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Post Underwear in 18th century
hello everyone
I was wondeirng what kind of underwear did women in france wear in the 18th centtury?
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:13 am
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Please try "Costumers' manifesto", an excellent site about costumes.

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Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:04 am
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I always imagined that they inclined towards the voluminous but I might be wrong :)

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thank you for info!!!


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I always imagnied it to look similar to "En Gaulle" since The picture was reffered to as the Queen in her underwear

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Several different peices were worn that made up the common 18th century ensemble. First there was the stockings. High class women usually wore silk stockings. Then there came the chemise or shift, which was a loose fitting t-shirt type of thing made out of a light and sometimes see-thorugh fabric. Then there came the stays(the word corset didn't come into use until the 19th century).Next came the panniers or pocket hoops, which gave the gown is fashionable shape. Them came the gown, which consisted of the petticoat, over gown, and stomacher (robe a la francaise), or the gown and petticoat (anglaise or polonaise). Hope that helped! :wink:


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Must have been absolutely boiling in summer .. and that was even before they put the heavy dresses over them!

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I have always thought so... In summer, with these gloves and those stockings ! :?

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They must all have sweated really badly .. and no deodorant either!

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Just lots and lots of perfume, and they had fans, of course.


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I suppose they probably used stuff like talc as well - did they have talc? And if they all stank then I guess that they didn't notice as much :)

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They had a kind of deororant, indeed, called "eaux de senteur". Mercy noticed that this could be useful for Madame, while dancing.

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Really? What was that composed of? Did it work?

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Hopefully!

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thank you for your answers....it really helped...


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