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Fashion of the rococo period

style of dress of the Rococo period (1730 - 1789). Distinctive for its whimsicality, asymmetry, fineness of detail and lightness; its ornate beauty was accentuated further by its use of fabrics. The most common fabrics used in ladies' and men's clothing were satins, atlases, brocades and lace, typically in pastel shades. The ladies' garment had a bodice with narrow sleeves adorned with cascades of lace and braiding. The conical skirt was one of the more striking garments of the period; it was known as a crinoline, was first circular, later oval, and reinforced with rings of bone or metal. The smallness of the bodice created a contrast with the bulky skirt. Undergarments became important in this period, as were hairstyles and accessories (which included a fan, gloves and a muff). Men's clothing was so richly decorated as to be effeminate; it had many flounces and ribbons and much lace. The waistcoat was short, as were the sleeves. The trousers reached to the knee and were complemented by white stockings. Later in the period, men's clothing became simpler and was no longer adorned with lace and flounces. Its jacket with reinforced sides evolved into the evening jacket, which was to become a staple of a man's wardrobe.


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