The shepherdess and shepherd, the bride and groom, the priestess and monk, and the sutler and grenadier: these are the characters of the Mascarade à la Greque, a parade of fantastical, architectural outfits from the imagination of French-born architect Ennemond Alexandre Petitot (1727-1801).
Although Petitot was indeed Court Architect at Parma from 1753, these designs — etched and published by Benigno Bossi — are, of course, neither plans for buildings, nor sketches for actual garments. Rather, the Mascarade is Petitot's way of poking fun at the prevailing fashion for the goût grec, or “Greek taste”, that flourished in France in the 1750s. A reaction to the ornamental excesses of the Rococo style, the goût grec ushered in the neoclassical style, and is characterised by forms such as acanthus leaves, pilasters, Ionic scrolls, and meander patterns. Petitot takes this style to a ridiculous extreme, in which humans and their clothing morph into objects: shoes become bricks, elbows in sleeves are angled pediments, the sutler's stomach is her oven. This application of the goût grec into the human body is Petitot's take on fashion gone mad; it's his badinage, his little joke, as he explains in one introduction to the designs. Original from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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