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  • proper n. The ruling executive of revolutionary France, from 1795-1799, or the period governed by this body.
  • adj. Pertaining to a style of dress common during this period, characterised by extravagant, Classically-inspired designs.
  • adj. Pertaining to a style of furniture, decoration etc. prevalent during this period.


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From French directoire.


  • "Directoire" knickers, or culottes, fastened with elastic or bands at knee and waist, fit more closely, and had removable cotton linings.

    Underclothes in World War One

  • With that, up swam one of the satin ladies (whose back view was precisely like that of a wet, black codfish with a long tail; I believe she was "Directoire"); and hovering near on a sea of pale-green carpet she volunteered the information that these "little frocks" were "poems," singularly suited to the style of -- I expected her to say my "daughter."

    Set in Silver

  • You know the Josephine Beauharnais 'Directoire' style that was worn in seventeen ninety-something.

    From the Ranks

  • "I think you ought to show Major [A] Sloat the 'Directoire' picture, my dear."

    From the Ranks

  • The EU's Franco-German "Directoire" and the European Central Bank have between them ruled out all plausible solutions to the eurozone's debt crisis. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • After dinner, the guests would find themselves free to dance or drift past Greek and Roman antiques to buy Zaro’s bread at Zaro’s Bread Basket, Fanny Farmer candy, or New York State Lottery tickets, or peer into a Drago shoe repair shop or one of the Tropica Juice Bars, where the pyramids of oranges were decorated in French Directoire, with swags, rosettes, and tassels.

    Closing Time

  • Between 1910 and 1913, the hobble skirt reigned supreme in fashion, obtaining popularity from the Oriental - and Directoire-inspired crazes.

    The Hobble Skirt | Edwardian Promenade

  • Starting around 1908, with the staggering width of hats, skirts began to narrow and the Directoire style arrived – an adaption of the empire waists and flowing skirts of the Regency era –, and corsets began to lengthen and straighten, starting just above the waist and fitting well down the thighs, thereby making sitting quite difficult.

    Introduction: Edwardian Women’s Fashions | Edwardian Promenade

  • Coincidentally, the 1910s saw a revival of the “Directoire” or Empire style of the early nineteenth century, with high-waists, slim silhouettes and the popularity of turbans and other Oriental inspired clothing.

    The Cult of Jane Austen | Edwardian Promenade

  • In 1903, with money lent by his mother, Poiret went into business on his own, opening a shop on the Rue Auber from which to promulgate his transgressive ideas, among them designs based on the Directoire dresses of the late 18th century, with raised waists that resided just under the bosom and skirts that fell straight.

    The King Is Dead


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