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    Between 1768 and 1770, Legros de Rumigny published a five volume work devoted to the art of female hairdressing. In the last years of the 1760’s, woman’s coiffures increased in height and elaboration, and were decorated with ribbons, lace, jewels, artificial flowers, feathers, and small caps. The one hundred engraved plates contained in the complete set of L’Art de la Coeffure anticipate the towering and extravagant hairstyles that characterized the 1770’s. …pg 18

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Legros de Rumigny, "L'art de la coëffure des dames françoises, avec des estampes : où sont représentées les têtes coëffées, gravées sur les dessins originaux de mes accommodages, avec le traité en abrégé d'entretenir & conserver les cheveux naturels," 1768-70 (Met Museum)

L'art de la coëffure des dames françoises, avec des estampes by Legros de Rumigny. He was the hairdresser for the French court of the 18th century including Madame de Pompadour.