TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME | 18th CENTURY
The fashion trends of the so-called „Gallant century“ were dictated by Versailles and Vienna. Shiny silk interwoven with golden and silver threads, flower patterns, expensive lace, hand fans, waists tightened with the corset, more open cleavages, Chinese sunshades, crinoline dresses...
The rich fashion style on the Croatian higher class was led by the former Capital, city of Varaždin. Although, Zagreb was not far behind. The very first dancing party was brought to Zagreb by the aristocracy – Countess Erdödy in 1749, to be exact. The joyful Countess had the reputation of leading Zagreb into the „domination of licentiousness“, because of her merrily dancing parties for the richest citizens of Zagreb. They were dancing Waltz, considered „indecent“ at the time, beacuse of the physical contact between male and female dancer.
| Fun Fact |The Waltz was forbidden in France by Church until middle of the 19th century.
Zagreb got its first public dancing hall in 1834, opened even for the lower social class.