Habit de...
June 21, 2012 6:57 AM   Subscribe

Good. I was trying to figure out what to wear today.
posted by mazola at 7:00 AM on June 21, 2012

Wow! Those are amazing.

Don't mess with this guy, though. He's from the Bureau.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:01 AM on June 21, 2012 [5 favorites]

So these are costumes to represent their trade guilds? Sort of like the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, or the Hunger Games?

I do admire how many of these costumes incorporated shelving units. Storage is always important!
posted by xingcat at 7:02 AM on June 21, 2012

Renaissance transformers, verily in excess of what had first met one's gaze.
posted by idiopath at 7:16 AM on June 21, 2012 [10 favorites]

Those look quite uncomfortable.
posted by MissySedai at 7:17 AM on June 21, 2012

Renaibots, mutatis mutandis and saunter forth!
posted by idiopath at 7:39 AM on June 21, 2012

I can't tell the difference between this and LARPing.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:08 AM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

It would be fun to see these updated for modern professions. I'd probably get a hat with six, seven mice dangling from the rim, a keyboard vertically over my sternum, breeches made from pages torn from Stroustrup's "The C++ Programming Language", and a shirt decorated with Perl sigil plushies.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:14 AM on June 21, 2012 [2 favorites]

"I'd probably get a hat with six, seven mice dangling from the rim"

wherein benito.strauss reveals himself to be a housecat
posted by idiopath at 11:13 AM on June 21, 2012

Love this. Thanks for posting. I now have ideas for recycling my wardrobe.
posted by Isadorady at 12:20 PM on June 21, 2012

Orfeur ?
Jardinier - gardener
Fermassier ?
Ferblanquier ?
Patissier - fancy baker
Pescheur - fisher
Menuisier Ebeniste ?
Chaudronnier - saucepan maker?
Quincailler ?
Vannier - basket maker?
Artificier ?
Parfumeur - perfume-maker
Ceinturier - belt-maker
Malletier Coffretier ?
Verrier Fayencier - maker of fancy glass?
Vigneron ?
Musicien - musician
Tailleur - tailor
Serrurier ?
Sculpteur - sculptor
[musician is in there twice]
Cabaretier ?
Frippier (maker of fripperies? fabric decorations?)
Cordonnier ?
Cafetier - person who runs a cafe?
Espicier - spice seller
Barbier Perruquier - barber and wig-maker?
Chandellier - candle maker
Chirurgien ???
Chapellier - hat dealer/maker
Brossier - brush seller/maker
Cartier ?
Vinaigrier - vinegar maker
Poissoniere - fishmonger (female!)
Boulanger - baker
Plongier - plumber
Charon ???
(Chaudronnier repeated)
Beurrieure (butter lady?)
Astrologue - astrologer
Paticierre (female fancy baker)
Vitrier ?
Coustellier ?
Orlogeur - clock maker
Fourbisseur ?

Hmm . . I guess this loooooong list is already done by someone else - d'oh! But I'll post this anyway, though I'm not finished. So many strange occupations I can't make out.
posted by Listener at 1:07 PM on June 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

Hah! Lady Skeptic has long had a reproduction of the "Habit de musicien". I've always wondered where that came from!
posted by Skeptic at 2:45 PM on June 21, 2012

the first profession is Orfèvre = silver/goldsmith.
Miroitier-Lunettier = maker of mirrors, lenses, eyeglasses and/or glass chandeliers
Artificier = maker of feux d'artifice = fireworks.
Meniusier-Ébeniste = wooden inlay artist/ebony worker
Quincaillier = not sure, but he seems to make steel goods: spurs, knives, weapons
Maréchal = seems to be a farrier
Verrier-Fayencier = maker of glassware/tin-glazed ceramics
Vigneron = grape farmer/winemaker
Serrurier = locksmith
Cabaretier = tavern-keeper
Frippier = seller of clothes I think? (as opposed to the Tailleur, who makes them)
Cordonnier = cordwainer = shoemaker (fancy shoes, as opposed to the Savettier)
Chirurgien = surgeon
Cartier = maker/seller of paper goods and cards
Foureur = furrier
Plombier = lead worker, including pipes and sheeting
Procureur = lawyer
Savettier = cobbler
Vitrier = glazier (window glass)
Coustellier = knife maker (scissors, knives, saws, surgical items)
Sellier = saddler
Fourbisseur = swordsmith
Pôtier d'étain = tinsmith
Tonettier = cooper, barrelmaker
Lingère = lingerie, linen undergarments, shirts, shifts, lace neckcloths and cuffs
Rôtisseur = runs a rôtisserie, sells roasted meats
Boucher = butcher
Apoticaire = apothecary
posted by Pallas Athena at 4:44 PM on June 21, 2012 [2 favorites]

Well, some of the names are quite old-fashioned, of course, and so is the spelling. A "quincailler" is a hardware merchant. "Maréchal" (usually called "maréchal-ferrant") is indeed a farrier. "Frippier" should be a rag merchant (rags are called "fripes" even today). "Procureur" is more accurately translated as "attorney" rather than lawyer. In modern French, however, it usually designates a prosecutor. And cooper is "tonnelier", not "tonettier".
posted by Skeptic at 4:53 AM on June 22, 2012

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