Galerie des Modes, 46e Cahier, 5e Figure

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The galante Nymph, whose deportment is majestic, noble, and proud, running with tranquility to the Palais Royale, the hazards to which the people of her sex are exposed: she has a cap à la Richard, striped corset, and is dressed in a robe à la Chinoise, pulled up. (1785)

"... Oh God! the time and lost expense if it were necessary to abandon the current fashions!  It took several years of reflection, of work, and of experience to perfect them, and you would like us to fall back into barbarism and bad taste!  Ungrateful men, know that it is only for your pleasure that we have changed our manner of dressing.  The coqs are flattering to people with low foreheads, they seem made by the hands of Fairies, they are so adroitly worked; our hair, brought back over our cheeks, hides those which are flat; our curls are in the Roman style, and as they might tarnish diamond earrings, we have substituted little gold chains, which produce a good effect; our fourreaux fall away from the figure which was, so to speak, boxed in by the antique gowns; our magisterial tresses are often better made than those belonging to the ones with the right to wear them; our hats protect our color; the culs de Paris, though joked about, prevent us from seeming too flat; finally, our pleated chemises have galant pleats, and we are made to look like the vestals of antiquity ..."

Journal général de France (later les Affiches de Nantes) 18 July 1786