Louis-Léopold Boilly

Louis-Léopold Boilly
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Louis-Léopold Boilly’s portrait of an unnamed gentleman shows the development of men’s fashion in the post-revolutionary years, when the sans-culottes (literally without breeches) came to symbolize the new Republican common man. Shedding elaborate wigs and embroidered coats, men wore plain black redingotes (from the English “riding coats”), and replaced their frilly lace neckwear (jabots) with simple ascot-like cravats.

- J. Patrice Marandel. (2006)