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- Mcneil Peter 2009, 'Eighteenth-century Fashion', in NA (ed.), Berg Publishers, Oxford and New York, pp. xiii-xxvii.
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The 'long-eighteenth century' encompasses the years 1688 to 1832 . In this period, Paris became a focus for many types of fashion. This included novelties in the broadest sense of clothing, textiles and decorative arts, including porcelain and furniture. The quality of French manufactures, the specialization of France's guilds, and the centralization under Colbert in the late-seventeent h century of the textile and tapestry trades resulted in a pool of expertise unparalleled in Europe, with the exception of Italy and parts of Germany and Switzerland. The riches o f Versailles and the compulsory obligation to dress in a magnificent manner fuelled the dozens of trades that went into the making of a garment.
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