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
Emilie De Coutances, la marquise de Bec de Lièvre by Alexander Roslin, circa 1780 I simply had to include this portrait because it displays the opulence in dress of 18th Century noblewomen. Notice the Marquise's elaborate chapeau, with flowers, feathers and bows. Her grizzled hair has been arranged and powdered to a massive pouf. Her silk gown has a a lovely bodice with ribbons and tiny bows. Notice, too, the expensive lace peeking out of her dress.
Waiter, There's a Hair in my Satire "Fashionable" hairstyles for women began their vertical climb in the late 1760s, and with them rose the ire of social critics. Editorials appearing in London periodicals immediately decried the large headdresses that English ladies were all too eager to copy from their French counterparts.