Pleasures and Pastimes of the Bourgeoisie

PLEASURES AND PASTIMES OF THE BOURGEOISIE

Sumptuary Laws
Fashion
~ Pre -revolution
~Sumptuarylaws
~Post-revolution

~Fashion in Les Mis


Restaurants
~Rise in Popularity
~Economic and Social Symbolism
~Representation in Les Mis

Gardens ~17th Century ~18th Century ~19th Century ~Versailles

Gambling ~Pre-Revolutionary ~Cafés & Cercles

Opéra & Theatre
~The Revolution
~Social Status
~Politics
~Les Misérables

Etiquette ~Promenade ~Dances ~Dinner ~Casinos and Salons

Bibliography ~Fashion ~Etiquette ~Restaurants ~Opéra ~Picture Bibliography

 

The Sumptuary Laws, if they did anything, prevented the social mishap that must have occurred quite frequently after the revolution - addressing a bourgeois as an aristocrat and vice versa. As the images below indicates, classes were easily identified through dress for the Laws protected the nobility's privilege to wear both sword and fur from being violated by commoners - in other words the social climbing bourgeoisie.

(click on the picture for source information)