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Joseph Ducreux, Marie Antoinette at the age of thirteen, 1769

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Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Marie Antonine in a muslin dress, 1783, Palace of Versailles

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Jean-Baptiste-Andre Gautier d’Agoty, Marie Antoinette,1775, Palace of Versailles

"Gautier-D’Agoty shows Queen Marie Antoinette of France as a strong ruler. When the portrait was presented to Marie Antoinette and the court, it was strongly disliked, suggesting that the artist had incorrectly or unflatteringly rendered the Queen.
Part of the power of this portrait comes from Marie Antoinette being portrayed as a wealthy, majestic queen surrounded by her trappings. Her right hand rests on the globe expressing worldliness and global knowledge; her left hand floats delicately by her waist giving her the appearance that she, too, might be floating, slightly above her voluminous skirts."

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Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, Marie Antoinette with her two eldest children, Marie-Thérèse Charlotte and the Dauphin Louis Joseph, in the gardens of the Petit Trianon, 1785, Nationalmuseum Sweden

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Recordando Marie Al Molina

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Heather | 8333 comments 10 Fun Facts About Marie Antoinette's Hair

1. Marie Antoinette had some royal hair flaws

While Marie Antoinette is famous for her amazing hair, she actually got a lot of criticism for her uneven hairline and high forehead, which her hairstylists regularly fought to conceal and lessen.

2. Marie Antoinette was a powder fiend

During Marie Antoinette’s time in the French court, powdered hair was considered somewhat mandatory. Nobody showed up at court without it.

The powder applied to posh people's heads consisted of either potato or rice flower starch (or Cyprus powder, which is made from reindeer moss or another similar lichen). Some powders contained additional perfumes and colors. Powder was fixed to hairstyles with pomatum, a sort of scented oil.

3. Marie Antoinette had a diva hairdresser

For most of her life, Marie Antoinette’s main hairdresser was a Parisian named Léonard. Léonard was such a big deal that he could only afford to leave his salon in Paris and dress the Queen’s hair once a week- on Sundays. All other days, the important role of royal hairdresser went to one of Leonard’s assistants, known as “le beau Julian.”

Léonard was, without a doubt, a total diva. What Madame de Genlis said of him sums this guy up perfectly: “Léonard came, he came and he was king.”

4. Marie Antoinette and Leonard pioneered the pouf

Léonard didn’t get famous for sitting around and doing nothing. This impressive hairdresser is responsible for Marie Antoinette’s most famous hairstyle- the pouf.

The pouf was first flaunted in 1774, at the coronation of Louis XVI, and boy, did it ever make waves!

5. Hairstyles in Marie Antoinette’s court were similar to today’s witty t-shirts

In addition to decorating their elaborate, powdered hairdos with ribbons, flowers, and precious jewels, fashionable and with-it women in Marie Antoinette’s court would embellish their hairstyles with various figurines and miniatures to comment on or commemorate certain life events or popular contemporary themes.

One might, for example, have an American Revolution-themed hairstyle with war motifs, or a hairstyle with a miniature baby or nurse to celebrate the birth of a new court celebrity. Some hairstyles even sported miniature ship models.

When you think about it, these witty hairstyles were very similar to today’s ironic t-shirts! They both found wry and fashionable ways to comment on the current craze or communicate messages like “baby on board.”

6. Marie Antoinette’s hairdressers had to go on damage control

Due to a combination of stress, depression, and (probably) vigorous hairstyling, Marie Antoinette’s hair began to thin (and maybe fall out) in 1776.

So that the Queen's hair may have a chance to start fresh, it was cut short a couple of times during her life (typically right before or after the birth of a child). During these periods, she had to rely on wigs (more than usual).

7. The Pouf was not Marie Antoinette’s only signature style

Because Marie Antoinette had some hair thinning problems, her hairdresser Léonard had to try out a new look. What resulted was a short, feathery style, which, after the birth of her son in 1781, was nicknamed coiffure a l’enfant.

If only every new mother’s messy hairstyle could be fobbed off as a trendy fashion move!

8. Marie Antoinette got nervous, too!

One of Marie Antoinette’s nervous habits was to run her fingers through her hair. Next time someone gives you a hard time for doing the same thing yourself, scoff at them and say, “If the queen of France did it, I can, too.”

9. Marie Antoinette went gray early

People first began to notice gray hairs on Marie Antoinette’s head when she was in her early 30s. As her country’s political climate became even more tumultuous and the Queen’s life fell into upheval, she ascribed her hair’s change in color to various stressful events.
There you have it!

I hope you find these fun tidbits of information to be as interesting as I do!

If you would like to read more about Marie Antoinette's hair (and amazing life), I recommend picking up Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette: The Journey. It is from this book that I learned the majority of the facts mentioned above.

10. Marie Antoinette’s last cut was a total disaster

The final person to “style” or rather, de-style Marie Antoinette’s hair was Charles Henri Sanson, a fourth-generation executioner. He cut off her hair using large professional shears. It didn’t look great.

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Tracey (stewartry) | 0 comments I just went to look up images, and came across "Marie Antoinette Bridal Salon" in Derby, here in Connecticut. Which isn't a hair salon (which would have been funny given post #6), but still - the queen's wedding wasn't exactly a) a love match or b) a roaring success. (Apparently the salon was named after the owners.)

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