(below) A Parisian lady's toilette, who displays a remarkable waist (a "neat
as was said in Victorian times...)!
This German set is entitled 'Dupont Brűssel, 1899.'
SEE BELOW FOR ATTENDANT TEXT (translated from German)
(This appears to be advertising copy)
Rough translation: "The make-up table is very important for a Parisian woman. She spends much time for that proper, extraordinary effort (preparing her outfit). She ever enjoys it, because, to dress up beautifully has always been her favorite occupation, for many years, until now. In our pictures you can trace the important phases in painting the face, from the moment she approaches her table an begin her work, until the end, when she dons on her necklace. No one should ask how much time is needed to complete this work of art, which is surely artistry for the elegant French
woman to exhibit."
Paraphrased Summary: "To put on make-up to look beautiful, I require a lot of time, and love to reach perfection.
Look at the pictures to follow the important steps."
(below) Another contribution-prompted submission of the
following by Joëlle from France and Peter O. This is a series
beach sequence (of sorts)
(below two sequences) 'Sans titre'Provided by Joëlle from France
(below) A nice Parisian sequence from Misha:
(below) Sequence from Marianne, this featuring Cleo de Merode [1875-1966],French dancer of the Belle Époque ("Minuet")
(below) Marianne: "This wonderful undressing photo sequence, 'La toilette d'une Parisienne,' is from c. 1905.Source - search for 'corset'
Vidclip- Getting Dressed, 1860s Style. A little dark - but great!
Lynne S. alerts us this authoritative video from the Bowes Museum, which illustrates the complex procedure of dressing a lady in the 1870’s.
"I believe the above is a set of postcards which has been put together in the wrong order.
I think the correct reading order is (numbering from left to right and top to bottom), 2 - 5 - 1 - 4 - 6 - 3. The captions then are:
gentleman who takes her home, then robs him and takes the proceeds home to her maid. (Here is a larger picture of the dressing scene)"
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