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Art Show: Something Revolutionary

la Chemise - JAS Original

by Julie A Smith

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Art: la Chemise - JAS Original by Artist Julie  A Smith
This piece represents a woman in a chemise in nature ready to tape her hair as she turns to view her onlooker. I initially did list her, but made some here she is again!

The chemise is a piece of clothing dating back well before the French Revolution, however, it had it's comeback as a dress where a sash was tied around a woman's waist or just underneath her bosom.

A new trend in fashion entered the French culture near the end of Marie Antoinette's life, which is one of the markers of the beginnings of the French Revolution.

From "Fashion, IV. The 18th Century" retrieved Oct. 2006:

"The French Revolution (1789-1799) had a great impact on fashion—far more than did the American Revolution (1775-1783). The French Revolution marked the end of the old system and the beginning of a new freedom of dress " (para 2).

"The simpler clothing of ancient Greece and Rome inspired women’s fashions. For example, a dress called a chemise was adopted to give women a supposedly natural look and to replace the ostentatious and ornate styles that preceded the French Revolution. The chemise—named after an undergarment it resembled—was made of white muslin... Over time, the chemise revealed more and more of a woman’s body" (para. 6 & 7).

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