This ancient Greek bust shows what a Phrygian cap looks like.

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1792 cartoon depicting Louis XVI of France wearing a Phrygian cap, or bonnet rouge.

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The parts of an 18th century shoe buckle.

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Shoes worn by a Chinese woman with bound feet

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Embroidered stomacher from the 18th century.

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An 18th c. gentleman taking snuff.

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Vintage Fan: 18th Century French c1750 - Pastorelle in the style of Watteau with skin mount, stick mother of pearl, finely pierced, carved a...

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18th century French fan, in the "brisé" style.

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One of the bits of fabric in the "Threads of Feeling" collection. These are bits of clothing left with babies who were admitted to the Foundling Hospital in London in the 18th century.

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Illustration of a number of different 18th-century men's wig styles, from Diderot's "Encyclopedie", published in the 1750s.

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An example of an 18th-century man's wig.

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This is a "Mandarin square", the rank badge worn by a second-rank civil servant during the Qing dynasty in China (1664-1911). The bird is called a golden pheasant.

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Polonaise gown, England, 1770-1780. From the collection of the LA County Museum of Art.

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Polonaise gown, France, 1775. From the collection of the LA County Museum of Art.

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Polonaise gown, France, 1775. From the collection of the LA County Museum of Art.

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A modern recreation of an arisaid.

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Illustration from 1745 showing a woman wearing an arisaid.

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French grenadier's uniform, circa 1750.

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A doll from 1740s England, with leading strings similar to those on a young child's clothing. From the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Puce is the French word for "flea". The color really was named for the belly of a flea, and gowns of this rather unusual color were all the rage in Paris during the time of Marie Antoinette.

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A diagram showing an 18th-century petticoat with slits to allow easy access to cloth pockets tied about the waist, underneath the petticoat.

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A pair of 18th-century pockets. These were removable pockets that a lady would wear tied around her waist, accessed through slits in her skirts and petticoats.

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Satirist's engraving from the 1770's, showing a hairdresser mounting a ladder to get at the hair of a lady with an enormous coiffure, while another man holds a sextant to measure the distance.

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"Mlle des Faveurs a la Promenade a Londres" - Anonymous etching from about 1775. Satire on coiffures: A Frenchwoman with a ridiculously tall hair arrangement turns in amazement as an Englishman shoots at a flock of birds nesting in it.

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An example of a coiffure that was all the rage among upper-class ladies in the 1770's. This fashion trend was made famous by Marie Antoinette, who became Queen of France in 1774.

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