• Discours Nouveau Sur la Mode

    Author: Anonymous
    French
    Published in 1613
    1600 AD - 1699 AD

    Content taken from 19th c. reprint by the Historical and Archaeological society of Charente, ed.

Citations

Le grand vertugadin est commun aux Françoises,
Dont usent maintenant librement les bourgeoises
Tout de mesme que font les dames si ce n'est
Qu/avec un plus petit la bourgeoise paroist
Car les dames ne sont pas bien accommodées
Si leur vertugadin n est large dix coudees

Translation:

The large vertugadin is common to all Frenchwomen ;
The bourgeoises wear it freely now
Just the same as the great ladies, if it be not
That the bourgeoise is content with a smaller one ;
For the great ladies are not satisfied
With a vertugadin less than five yards wide

Notes:

English translation taken from the History of Fashion in France, by Augustine Challamei

La vertugalle nous aurons
Maulgré eulx et leur faulse envie,
Et le busque au sein porterons;
N'est-ce pas usance jolye?

Translation:

The vertugal we will have
Spite of them and their false envy
And the busk at the breast we will wear
Is it not a pretty usage ?

Notes:

English Translation taken from History of Fashion in France by Augustine Challamei

Pour une cotte qu'a la femme du bourgeois,
La dame en a sur soy l'une sur l'autre trois,
Que toutes elle faict également paroistre,
Et par là se faict plus que bourgeoise cognoistre."

Translation:

"For one coat that the wife of a bourgeois wears
The great lady puts on three one over the other
And letting them all be seen equally
She makes herself known for more than a bourgeoise "

Notes:

English translation taken from History of Fashion in France by Augustine Challamei

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