Dress Mantua luxurious, but terribly uncomfortable invention gallant centuryPictolic
History is replete with examples of in search of beauty and elegance man rushes from one extreme to another. Baroque and Rococo подарилb us a lot of samples is not too practical, but very attractive architecture, but the trend to the excesses seen in fashion. A good example of this is a dress or Mantua, as it was also called the Grand Pannier.
Dresses Mantova (mantua court) is the biggest items of clothing that ever wore people. The width of the skirts of these monstrous ladies ' toilets often exceeding two meters, and to support their particular form was created entire engineering structures.
Vine, iron and copper wire, whalebone — all elastic materials known in the XVII-XVIII centuries, could be used to create crinolines and hoops — surround frames fashionable outfits. Embellished with embroidery and stones dress-Mantua was gorgeous, but it was performed and a special feature — created around the hostess special private area where you had access to pushy suitors.
About any of practicality Mantua could not be considered to move around in these monstrous dresses was very difficult. Wear this dress alone was impossible, and the lady used to help two or three maids. Even with assistance vestments were often delayed for an hour or even a half.
Coronation dress of Empress Catherine Vesicourachal had to wear a corset and trousers, over which were fixed hoops. To this frame, tie petticoats and only then comes the dress, the folds of which it was necessary to skillfully stretch in the elastic guide.
Mantua from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. 1740-1745 Ghazzaali dresses Grand Pannier turned his job into an art form. Huge skirt ladies outfit could fit on a lot of fine embroidery and jewelry, allowing Baroque fashion designers to compete against each other in a sophisticated skill.
The fashion for these beautiful but awkward dresses lasted more than 70 years, and left, never to return. Now of Mantua only cause delight and wonder for visitors of museums, skeptical curiosity among fans of historical films and sweet trembling at the feet of the most advanced fashionistas.