Just in time for New York Fashion Week: Ladies, you may now legally wear pants in Paris.
On January 31, France’s minister of women’s rights made if officially impossible to arrest a woman for wearing pants in Paris, the Telegraph reports. Previously, the law required women to ask police for special permission to “dress as men.” If fashionable French ladies ignored this rule, they risked being taken into custody.
The rule originally came into being just after the French Revolution, in the early 19th century. As anyone who watched Les Miserables will recall, rebellious ladies often donned pants in defiance of the bourgeoisie. This anti pants-wearing movement was dubbed sans-culottes, or without the knee-breeches (“cullottes”) of the high class.
Here is our recent interview with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, who masterminded the scene you see above.
Vogue US September 2007 // Photographer: Steven Meisel // Creative Director: Grace Coddington