By Philippe Jullian

The thought of the Belle Époque emerged within the final 1/2 the 19th century from the dream and the truth of the grandiose plans of Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann for the transformation of Paris. Paris used to be the heart of the motion. No urban has ever been so good prepared to obtain the area and, certainly, it did. Czars, emperors, kings, maharajahs, and princes; the gratin and the nouveaux riches; heiresses and center ecu bankers; anarchists and apaches—all the realm rubbed shoulders and filed out and in of this best suited and wonderful urban. "The urban of Light"—the dappled shadows of chestnut bushes at the vast boulevards and probably never-ending avenues—splendid horses, shining and glamorous, with their vendors sitting in beautiful carriages showing audacious faces and beautiful parasols—outdoor cafés and beautiful eating places surrounded via forests within the Bois de Boulogne—"the Bois" the place teenagers have been taken for tea wearing lace and velvet and the place recognized demi-mondaines, beautiful cocottes, grandes dames, and the wealthy males who maintained them flocked within the night amid the elegance of perfumed furs, lengthy gloves, and large hats. do not forget that this was once the time whilst ladies first dined in eating places and, as they have been in public, they continuously wore hats. a lot was once happening.

The Belle Époque catalogue observed a 1982 exhibition of an analogous identify fixed through The dress Institute on the Metropoiltan Museum of artwork. contains an essay via Philippe Jullian and illustrations chosen by means of Diana Vreeland. [This ebook used to be initially released in 1982 and has long gone out of print. This version is a print-on-demand model of the unique book.]

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