Grisettes: Then and Now

In the early 1800s in France, the grisette was a young girl who left the countryside to pursue a new life in Paris. She worked in the world of fashion, often as a seamstress. A rich university student would seek out a grisette to live with him and help with domestic chores. The two would then have a mutually beneficial relationship. Learn more about aspects of the grisette and where they are now by browsing our exhibit!


Nia Burger '19, Caro Fernandez '19, Mariel Freeman Lifschutz '17, Eliza Kupka '19, and Elia Tzoukermann '20