The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard shows clearly the fashion for mules in the 18th century.
By kind permission of the Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London.
Napoleon Crossing the Great Saint Bernard Pass, May 20, 1800. By Jacques Louis David.
Charlottenburg Castle, Stifung Preussische Schösser & Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin, Germany.
Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz/Art Resource, NY
The reign of French King Louis XIV in the 17th century established France as the centre of fashion and style. The Museum's fashion collection contains many superb examples of French fashion footwear. A unique French artefact in the collection is a pair of socks worn by Napoleon while he was in exile.