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The time period of the 18th century was a time of change Changes were being made from geographical moves to fashion Those from England were moving to the New World to break away from anarchy There was the French Enlightment the Enlightment is when certain thinkers and writers primarily in London and Paris believed that they were more enlightened than their compatriots and set out to enlighten them The fashion style of the 18th century was a reflection of the morals of the time Most people dressed conservatively Women for instance showed very little skin but accentuated their figures Men wore clothes that advertised their trade or occupations The style of this century was donned the Rocco Period The Rococo period was marked stylistically by the same elaborate decoration which characterized the Baroque period immediately preceding it Despite similarity the Rococo style had at its center was a radical difference The Baroque period had very solid colors and a type of heaviness about its fabric While the Rocco Period seemed to have more of a lightness to its fabric The Rocco Period began using more floral motifs and also began using birds and bows in their fashion Womens Dress The 18th Century woman was the most well respected in history of Western Civilization until the 20th Century The Enlightenment had suddenly changed the rules of Western society The dominant style in the early part of the century was with the formal mode of dress which gradually phased out until in 1800 almost all that was left was the informal day dress Dress during this period goes through a dramatic shift Womens dress collapsed from its padded and puffed look to a thin often translucent silhouette Here are some of the types of clothing that were worn by women Brunswick A three-quarter-length jacket worn with a petticoat the Brunswick was an informal gown or a traveling gown It had a high neck un-stiffened
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