La Tricolore

Red, White, and Blue- the three colors that we hold close to our hearts when we think of the United States. What I often forget though, is that these three colors mean just as much to the French, who call them- la Tricolore. The bourbon white, representing Louis XVI juxtaposed against red and blue, the cities colors, is a call for the reconciliation of the crown. La Tricolore was worn by all in late 18th century France as a marker for he revolution. It coincided with many different fashions that held the same purpose such as the trousers or red bonnets. The collection of all of these trends culminated in a powerful political force strong enough to eject the monarchy from rule.