The Rococo is the last period in which courtly fashion sets the trend. Towards its end, starting from England, it transitions into bourgeois fashion, which celebrates its final victory with the French Revolution.
Beginning with the early Rococo or the Regency (named after the reign of Philip II, who reigned for 8 years after the death of Louis XIV in 1715, until Louis XV became of age) through to the High Rococo (1750-1780) and up to the Late Rococo (1780-1789), this period is characterized by a dramatic improvement in living conditions. Demand explodes for rich fabrics and precious jewellery but also and especially for refined and sophisticated arrangements. Thus, it is no longer by wealth but by education and aesthetics that people set themselves apart from the emerging middle class.
Unlike men's clothing, women's undergoes substantial change in the 18th Century. The stiff pomp that prevailed at the court of Louis XIV is gradually abandoned and the retreat into privacy commences. The negligee, a "morning robe" is not only worn at home. This garment produces an abundance of simple upper garments.