France | Alsace

Traditional costumes

Alsace’s many traditional costumes were a reflection of social class and faith. Whether the wearer was Protestant or Catholic, a member of the aristocracy, the bourgeoisie or a humble family, the costume served as a marker of social standing. Until recently, women wore long skirts, gowns and distinctive coiffes (caps) adorned with large bows, while men’s apparel featured pants, jackets and large hats. Despite their basic similarities, costumes often varied from one area to the next throughout Alsace.

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Traditional Alsatian Dress
France, Alsace, Lower Rhine, Strasbourg, Alsatian Museum
Study, coloured pencil, sketchbook
Credit: Frédéric Back
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