Marchandes de modes

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La Marchande de modes, gravure de Robert Bénard, 1769.

Marchande de modes was a French Guild organisation for women fashion merchants or milliners, normally meaning ornaments for headdresses, hats and dresses, within the city of Paris, active from August 1776 until 1791. It played a dominating role within the commercial life and fashion industry of France during the last decades prior to the French Revolution. Amongs its members where Rose Bertin, Mademoiselle Alexandre and Madame Eloffe.

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  • James-Sarazin, Ariane et Lapasin, Régis, Gazette des atours de Marie-Antoinette, Paris, Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Archives nationales, 2006