The French Revolution brought dramatic changes to clothing. No one wanted to be associated with the French aristocracy or dress as such. Napoleon and the new French Empire sought inspiration in Greco-Roman ideals of beauty, art and architecture. In women’s clothing the corset temporarily vanishes and is replaced by a high waist dress better known as the Empire Silhouette. The new silhouette is fitted just below the bust and flows loosely below.
During this time London introduces long trousers for men.