Glitz; The Age of Rococo

By Georgina Sussman

Marie Antoinette. Catherine the Great. George III. Charles X of France.

What do all of these names have in common? Well apart from being scandalous Royalty.

They all are known for their extravagant and luxurious fashion senses and more importantly, they’re style that evolved during the 18th Century. The lavish wardrobes of the 18th-Century were made from silks, satins and furs,  embellished with beads, jewels and diamonds, being some of the most glamourous and glitzy style in history!

18th Century fashion has to have some of the most elaborate and intricately detailed designs in the history of fashion. With so many patterns, textures and fabrics all being utilised, it would be hard to compare the fashion of the times to any other. With heavy beading, detailed lacing and decorated collars, the style was really exciting, innovative and exuberant.


In celebration of the structures and styling that appeared in 18th Century fashion, V&A curator Susan North’s “18th-Century Fashion in Detail” epitomises the labour and complicated work that went into these garments. The stunning illustrated book exposes the detailing and extravagance that went into the final garment as well as showing the beauty of the finished product that can be found at the V&A’s extensive fashion collection.

The book beautifully illuminates the visuals and analysis of each piece through the colour photography, details and line drawings, curating a wonderful in-text collection.

For the fashion fanatics of the world, this book is a must-read for all as it offers a unique experience of both seeing the garment as you would in the museum, along with an in-depth study of the garment, be it the appearance or the work behind it.

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