Incroyables and Merveilleuses were the dandies and fashionistas of the revolutionary period. Today, Directoire style evokes glam rock, Marat/Sade, and John Galliano. The style famously inspired Galliano’s 1984 graduation collection, entitled Les Incroyables, as well as his work for Givenchy.
Here are the museum notes:
This handsewn silk tailcoat, with its high collar, wide lapels, short front, and long back exemplifies how French fashion extremists (incroyables) adopted and exaggerated traditional wool riding coats from England. The sleeves of this tailcoat, set unnaturally close together, forced the wearer to hold his shoulders back and thrust his chest forward to create a “pouter pigeon” silhouette which was fashionable in the late eighteenth century.
4 thoughts on “Free Pattern: Incroyables Tailcoat”
Very interesting, I share through my Facebook page. Thanks Sarah!
Beautiful! Great article! Pattern too though likely beyond my modest capacities. Buon weekend! Shonagh
Thank you so much, for the pattern, for the background, for the supporting photography. I will need to spend some serious time with this in the autumn. If anything, a scale model will be wonderful fun.
Thanks for sourcing, and sharing, this pattern. I love tailcoats – and the versions produced by McQueen particularly. Life would be fun if we got back to clothing like this 😉.