sky high maintainence


allo! how’s your wednesday going?


i’m taking a tech break to go through some images before getting back to working on an excel sheet.

i never get tired of poring over these engravings from the past and thought i’d share them with you today. i hope you get a kick out of them.


not sure what it was about the summer of ’77…the summer of 1777 that is…


i think we romanticize 18th century life, the delicate clothing, detail and traditions…


but what never ceases to amaze me is the imagination that this generation had, how they made it up as they went along and seemed to have, in a very dark time, found a way to enjoy life by being playful with their appearance, and in today’s case, specifically, their hair.


lord knows what i would do without my curling iron, i’d be a hot mess pretty much every single day.


thank god for the patience of hairdressers.

French Fashion Plates 1777 1

anyway at a point it becomes hard to tell if these women were really spending this much time on their hair or these are exaggerations.

1780 hair

when i go to the salon it takes awhile even in this day and age.

18th Century Hats

how were they achieving these great heights?

18c Rose Bertin001

as a jersey girl maybe i’m particularly fascinated


and in jersey we laugh at ourselves.


so finding the satire engravings was the piece de resistance on this little image adventure.



even the men weren’t immune to either the trends or being targets to parody the style


young and old, they were all on the big hair bandwagon.

Caricature on French women's hairstyles of the 18th Century

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such silly fun!


well i gotta run, hope you enjoyed this little diversion. have a bonne journee!

August 3, 2016. Tags: , , , , . 1700s, Fashion, France, Marie Antoinette.


  1. Ro replied:

    So easy to wonder how they walked around with those sky-high hairstyles … that is, until you look around now and see the ladder-height shoes some women walk about on today.

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  2. Pennylane1950 replied:

    With the curling irons they had in those days , no wonder the hair was alway burnt and fuzzy looking.

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  3. Susanne replied:

    This was so much fun to see, thank you!!!

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  4. PAMELA JOHNSON replied:

    Hello –

    These pictures are absolutely fantastic, and I really adore The Paris Apartment emails!

    As an editor, I would like to point out that when you are “poring” over a book, it is not “pouring”. I tell you this not to be critical, but as a way of helping your blog be the best it can be. (And I have noticed a lot of other people making this mistake as well).

    Onward and upward, in the name of excellence!

    – Pamela Johnson

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  5. The Paris Apartment replied:

    Thank You Pamela, please always Make me aware of these things. I in no way take it as criticism. As much as I’d like to I can’t know everything and learning something new each day is still a goal of mine. Thank You for my lesson today!!


  6. Judi replied:

    I needed a fun laugh today – those ‘cartoons’ are hilarious – very clever! I particularly liked the one of the man on the ladder to trim her hair and the other man using a sextant to be able to measure and see the angles for the the trimming!

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