Black is my favourite colour and I had never made a post about it in the blog (shame on me!). One of the most expensive colours to accomplish back in the day (several dyes were required and done wrong could damage the fabric) and THE go colour for the Spanish court.
In taffeta, velvet or wool, black is an always YES colour for the mid to upper classes, of course also for court, since the colour itself was pretty enough to send a message (you know, the always old message “I can afford it” is always on fashion).
Images from top:
Jamie Dornan and Kirsten Dunst as Count Axel Fersen and Marie Antoinette in “Marie Antoinette”, 2006, Director Sofia Coppola, Costume Design Milena Canonero.
“Susanna Highmore”, ca. 1740-1745, Joseph Highmore.
Black Brunswick, 2014, by Maija the seamstress.
Black silk suit, mid 18th century, Great Britain, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Mr and Mrs William Hallett (“The Morning Walk”)”, 1785, Thomas Gainsborough.
“Miss Mary Hickey”, 1770, Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Mourning dress, 1781, Cahier des Costumes Français.
After the French Revolution (1789), the three-cornered hat (tricorne) –
the symbol of the previous government
known as the Ancien Régime – fell out of favour. However, a large
two-cornered model, the bicorne, remained fashionable until around 1810.
It was also called a corsair after its most famous wearer, Napoleon
Bonaparte, who came from Corsica. This hat is made of beaver fur felt,
which was expensive and very popular.