"Deshabille" was an informal style of clothes in the 18th century. It’s what people would wear when not dressed up, or when about to dress. It’s somewhere between underwear/bathrobe and formal wear. People would not wear this outdoors, but it was not uncommon to receive friends at home in this. It also frequently appears in paintings.
This is the style of dress Carlotta’s character The Countess is wearing in the mock opera “Il Muto”. She is about to get dressed, but she has her hairdresser and jeweler there so she can pick up on the latest fashion. Her outfit consists of a corset, an underskirt, and a dressing gown.
1. Gallerie des Modes, ca. 1778.
2. Deshabille from ca. 1778.
3. La Toilette, Francois Boucher, ca. 1742.
4. The Marquis de Marigny and his wife, Louis-Michel van Loo, 1769.
5. Maria Bjørnson’s costume sketch for Carlotta’s deshabille, 1986.
6. Deshabille ca. 1770, fashionplate coloured by Cassidy.
7. A Lady at her toilette, Louis Tocque.
8. A lady en deshabille (Madame Boucher?), ca. 1473.
9. A Lady applying a patch, circle of François-Hubert Drouais.
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