Continuing the Time Travel trend to celebrate Heather Davis' THE CLEARING release (remember every unique commentator for this post has a chance to win a copy of the book!)
I would love to visit so many eras, Victorian England, 1950s New England, but the most fascinating era for me would be the "Napolean" era of France during the early 1800s.
Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor in 1804 and was keen to make France a leader of fashion and innovator of design and craft skills. During the French Revolution the French textile industry had suffered and unlike in England, use of textile machinery had been non existent. Emperor Napoleon stopped the import of English textiles and he revived the Valenciennes lace industry so that fine fabrics like tulle and batiste could be made there. This was the beginning of France become one of the big fashion capitals of the world!
To make women buy more material he forbade them to wear the same dress more than once to court. (Love it!) Ladies dresses had extra fabric gathered into the back and trains were seen again for evening. Bonaparte also had fireplaces at the Tuileries blocked up so that ladies would wear more clothing.
Bonaparte was following a long tradition of promoting the French economy through fashion. His empress Josephine was a great fashion leader. She was an ideal model for the slender fashions of the day.
(sigh) What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall at a well-attended dinner in Napolean's palace!
Have a fantastic, fashionable weekend!