The diary of an eighteenth century French noblewoman, and information relating to her world.
It is indeed, you beat everyone else to the punch!
Woot! I remember reading about puce in "Queen of Fashion." My mother had told me about the color when I was little, and I always thought it had an ugly name, but neither she nor I knew it meant "flea."
I like that there were different shades of Puce including for the belly of the flea etc which means it can range from a fawn brown to a pinky colour. Totally cracked me up!
They just seem to have had a name for everything, and a million variations as well.
Puce! I've seen the derivation/description given as both the color of a bloody squished flea, or the color of a flea that's engorged with blood. It's shown as browner than I generally envision it in this fashion plate.
Ooh, thanks for the sharing! I love those old fashion plates, they are such a wealth of information.