On January 24, 1797 Paul I decreed the prohibition of «German clothing»
Among the first edicts of the new emperor was the prohibition of the «inappropriate» clothes — round hats and the so-called «German clothing». That included tail-coats, waistcoats, pantaloons, overshoes and napoleons. All of these were to be replaced with single-breasted kaftans with stand-up collars, cocked hats, camisoles, short lingeree dresses and knee high boots. The violation of the new law was punishable.
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