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Woman in a French maid outfit, Paris.
1906 photo of French maid in Montmartre[wp] by Constant Puyo[wp].
Hoshino Miyu
Simone-Costume (A sterotypical French Maid)

French maid is a strongly modified style of servant's[wp] dress that evolved from typical housemaid's black-and-white afternoon uniforms of 19th-century France[wp] (and their later use by stereotypical soubrette[wp] characters in burlesque[wp] dramas and bedroom farces[wp]). Some styles are conservative while others are revealing. The French maid costume is often used in cosplay[wp], sexual roleplaying[wp], and uniform fetishism[wp]. Depending on design details, some forms can be classified as lingerie[wp].

Costume details

Though not strict to historically accurate uniforms, the French maid outfit has an easily recognizable pattern and black-and white theme that remains the template for other forms of the costume.

The typical French maid costume includes:

  • A black dress with white trim, with a full skirt at or above knee length.
  • White half-apron, usually with ruffle or lace
  • A ruffled or lace headpiece
  • Long stockings or tights. These can be white or black and vary from design to design.
  • High heels
  • Feather duster[wp]
  • White lace garter[wp]

Optional accessories depend on design and context:

  • Choker[wp] necklace
  • Pearls
  • Other cleaning equipment

Culture

The outfits are frequently worn to costume parties[wp] (fancy dress), and also used in drama/theater.

A TV maid
French maid
French Maid ensembles, worn usually by women, are a subject of sexual fetishism. They are a form of ladies' fantasywear that, depending on design details, can be classified as lingerie[wipi]. They enjoy a wide popularity and are available from many sources.

The name derives from their being worn by stereotypical characters in risqué burlesque dramas of the bedroom farce variety.

A wide variety of costumes are manufactured and marketed under the "French maid" description today. These range from comparatively modest dresses extending well down the thigh or above the knees to transparent[wipi] chiffon[wipi] nightgowns[wipi] or outright lingerie ensembles that cover almost nothing. Some costumes are marketed to transvestites, especially for forced feminization.

The classic French Maid costume, however, is a very short and clingy dress, usually black (ideally silk satin[wipi], or closely resembling it) trimmed with shirred white lace. Typically, it includes a tiny white apron attached to the dress; sometimes, the apron is even shaped like a heart, with white lace fringes on the hems and revealing neckline. The skirt area of the dress is usually pleated. If panties are worn with it, they are usually white and ruffled, and the dress is sometimes short enough to display them, especially when the wearer bends over or is made to go down on hands and knees.

Common accessories include a frill worn in the hair, or a tiara, a feather duster, and sometimes white lace cuffs and collar. If the dress has sleeves, they are usually short and puffed shoulder puffs. A corset or a layered white petticoat may be worn under the dress. The ensemble is almost always completed with black (sometimes seamed or fishnet[wipi]) stockings[wipi] or tights[wipi] and black high-heeled shoes.

The costumes are sometimes worn to costume parties and sometimes in BDSM sexual roleplay (whether on brief occasions or as a routine form of servitude[wipi] to the woman's lover).

See also


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This article based on an article French maid (22 August 2013) from the free Encyklopedia Wipipedia. The Wipipedia article is publised under GNU-License for free Documentation. In Wipipedia is a List of Authors available those who worked on the text before being incorporated in WikiMANNia.