By Philippe Jullian
The concept of the Belle Époque emerged within the final half the 19th century from the dream and the truth of the grandiose plans of Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann for the transformation of Paris. Paris was once the heart of the motion. No urban has ever been so good prepared to obtain the area and, certainly, it did. Czars, emperors, kings, maharajahs, and princes; the gratin and the nouveaux riches; heiresses and center eu bankers; anarchists and apaches—all the realm rubbed shoulders and filed out and in of this well suited and excellent urban. "The urban of Light"—the dappled shadows of chestnut timber at the wide boulevards and likely never-ending avenues—splendid horses, shining and glamorous, with their vendors sitting in beautiful carriages exhibiting audacious faces and lovely parasols—outdoor cafés and beautiful eating places surrounded via forests within the Bois de Boulogne—"the Bois" the place kids have been taken for tea wearing lace and velvet and the place recognized demi-mondaines, lovely cocottes, grandes dames, and the wealthy males who maintained them flocked within the night amid the elegance of perfumed furs, lengthy gloves, and large hats. keep in mind that this used to be the time while ladies first dined in eating places and, as they have been in public, they continually wore hats. rather a lot used to be happening.
The Belle Époque catalogue observed a 1982 exhibition of an identical identify fastened by means of The dress Institute on the Metropoiltan Museum of paintings. comprises an essay through Philippe Jullian and illustrations chosen by means of Diana Vreeland. [This e-book was once initially released in 1982 and has long gone out of print. This variation is a print-on-demand model of the unique book.]