Thursday, May 2, 2013

Musée de l'Armée - Habit d'officier de la gendarmerie de France


Officer's uniform
XVIIIe century


The Musée de l'Armée was originally built by Louis XIV 
as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers.  
This officer's uniform is part of the extensive permanent collection 
of over 500,000 artifacts.


The historical sense of style by the French 
can be seen in the elaborate details on this bright jacket. 
 I could imagine this on the fashion runways today...

...minus the sword




Musée de l'Armée
129, rue de Grenelle
75007, Paris
Métros Varenne ou École Militaire

18 comments:

martinealison said...

Une belle visite...
une veste qui me plaît beaucoup et qui pourrait être sympathique avec un petit jean!
Gros bisous

Bibi said...

Ah, yes, le chic est partout.

Alain said...

A cette époque le "passage à tabac" avait quand même plus d'allure que maintenant.

Malyss said...

I always wonder how they did to ride a horse, fight or even walk with such things on shoulders!

Joe said...

I'm sure there are a few music celebs that would love to appear in this jacket Genie.

Zimbabwe said...

I have to say the officers of yesteryear looked much smarter than those of today :-) Bonne semaine mon ami. Bises Diane

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I agree with Joe, I can just see someone like Bon Jovi rocking that jacket Genie, pretty special brocade work on the front there!

Sylvia K said...

I agree with Joe and Grace, perfect for some of the musicians today!! I love it! Doesn't make one think of wars/soldiers, but then that is SO French!!
Hugs
Sylvia

Alexa said...

I'm pretty sure I did see this on the fashion runways, +/- 40 years ago! And the Beatles definitely pulled off this look. Not too effective as camo, though, in a real battle. :~}

Loree said...

The wearer would have looked very trendy but way too conspicuous in battle :)

Jack said...

I think we saw it on the cover of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band, didn't we?

Starman said...

It is still a hospital as well as a museum.

Peter Olson said...

(Starman is right! It still works - on a small scale - as a home for some "invalids" and as a military hospital.)

"Minus the sword" ... military without weapons woulkd be nice! :-)

JoeinVegas said...

Runways, heck, I'd like to have one of those myself to wear around town. But then this is Vegas, and probably nobody would even look.

Jeanie said...

We passed by here when it was closed. Too bad -- looks fascinating!

Rob-bear said...

Delightful, Genie, as always.

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting
Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Starman, I should have added that to my post. Thanks to you and Peter for reminding me.

I was fascinated by the uniforms and wonder how they managed to ride and fight in such regalia. I even researched the "sword versus the saber." The POINT of the sword made the difference for Napoleon's armies. Do not read if you are squeamish.

Bon weekend!
Genie

Genie Robinson said...

I hate to think hot hot this uniform must have been if the fighting was going on in hot weather. Beautiful colors. Love those brass buttons and the gold stitching. genie