Black

In 1789, the Estates-General of France made a decision that, instead of regulating fashion and suppressing revolution, actually sparked more controversial fashion choices. The decided to set a uniform for the delegates. Because this decision was obviously made from the top, the uniforms were more luxurious towards the top of the estates, and more bland towards the lower estate. The clergy and nobles wore “splendid suits” of silk, gold, trimmings, cloaks, hats, and swords. However the third and lowest estate were assigned an all black cloth suit. Obviously the contrast between their uniforms and the higher up estates was quite noticeable, and soon the deputies began to protest, along with their supporter. Their supporters were wearing all black as well to show the nobles who’s side they were on. Even though the uniform was revoked a few months later, people continued to wear all black to revolt against nobles.