Item #30745 Steck-Brief. Den sich viele Frauen und Jungfrauen hinter die Ohren stecken können. Fashion.

Steck-Brief. Den sich viele Frauen und Jungfrauen hinter die Ohren stecken können.

Mainz: Josef Aumüller, [1871]. Broadside, printed on yellow paper, text in Fraktur printed within an elaborate border, priced at 3 Kreuzer.

A very early, and curious anti-fashion tract from the Franco-Prussian War and the beginning of haute-couture, this "wanted poster" issued for Eugenie Napoleon, urging that her her and her frivolous fashions be banished from Germany. This was likely printed just after the end of the Franco-Prussian War. The Empress Eugénie arguably invented haute-couture, especially in conjunction with her designer, Charles Frederick Worth, and this broadside represents a very early critique of high fashion from a political perspective, attacking Eugenie as the inventor of the "current frivolous fashion," for her "shifting silhouette," and for for wearing crinoline in order "to smuggle a child in from France."

Rare. OCLC locates only a single holding, the University of Heidelberg copy, to which it assigns a date of 1871.

folded thrice, with a discrete repair with archival tape to left margin, else near fine, a bright, well-preserved example. Item #30745

Price: $450.00

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