The eighteenth century can present more of a problem. Statues tend to be of gods and saints in a very classical mode. So there are fewer images of everyday dress, whether for the nobility or ordinary people. Therefore this section is quite wide ranging taking in many parts of the world. There is a separate section with clothes at the Museum of London, though the images are washed out due to the need to preserve the fabrics with low lighting.


A reconstruction of eighteenth century female dress. These are used by musicians and singers. Saint-Donat-sur-Herbasse, France


Detail from the dress showing ow it is caught up and pinned by a ribbon. Saint-Donat-sur-Herbasse, France


Detail of the neck and sleeve of the dress. Saint-Donat-sur-Herbasse, France


Detail of sleeve and tailoring of dress. Saint-Donat-sur-Herbasse, France


Detail of dress showing lacing at the back. This would have been over a chemise. Saint-Donat-sur-Herbasse, France


Outfit for a noble child with shirt, bolero, silk breeches with ribbons and a fur-edged hat. Saint-Donat-sur-Herbasse, France


A group of female performers in 18th century dress. Saint-Donat-sur-Herbasse, France


A painting of ordinary boys playing with a bubble pipe. Their clothes are similar to adults of the period with shirts, waistcoats and jackets. The red hat was typical of working-class people of the time in France. Royal Monastery, Brou, France


A fan from France with inlay and a painted design. Real Alcazar, Seville


A fan in Chinoiserie style. Real Alcazar, Seville


Shoe for wearing to the court of Louis XV. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


Mule for wearung to the court of Louis XV with fringe and embroidery. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


Shoe of Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV. Brocade with a diamond buckle. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


Vive la revolution! Mules with blue, blanc, rouge rossettes. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


A man from 18th century Armenia in local dress. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


A woman from 18th century Armenia wearing slippers, long pantaloons, a mid-length dress, headscarves, necklaces abd embroidered coat. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


Turkish bath pattens for keeping feet above the damp floor. They are made of laquered wood inlaind with mother-of-pearl. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


A noblewoman and servant wearing bath pattens. This also gives an idea of Turkish dress at this period both for nobles and more ordinary people. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


Embroidered Persian slippers. Cloth with gold thread embroidery. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


Persian riding boot in velvet emboidered with gold and silver thread. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


Canadian moccasin lace-up boots with bead and pearl embroidery. Shoe Museum, Romans-sur-Isere, France


Algerian embroidered slippers. Velvet with gold and pearl embroidery.


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