sky high maintainence

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allo! how’s your wednesday going?

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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thank god for the patience of hairdressers.

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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.

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

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how were they achieving these great heights?

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as a jersey girl maybe i’m particularly fascinated

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and in jersey we laugh at ourselves.

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

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

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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!

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

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

11 Comments

  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!!

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  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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