Cora Ginsburg hairdressing

Cora Ginsburg 2002 hairdressing cataloque

L’Art de la Coeffure des Dames Francoises

avec des estampes, ou sont representees les tetes coeffee

by Legros de Rumigny


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


Ladies powdering jacket 1790

Lady’s powdering jacket

c. 1790

in defense of hair and face powder…?



French 1870's


Rendez-vous pour Marly

by Moreau le Jeune

duchess 5


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The first notable trend she began was the three-foot hair tower. Hair was already large at the time, especially due to French influences, Georgiana simply took it one step further. The hair towers required scented pomade, pads of horse hair, and at least two hairdressers in order to be constructed. To this, Georgiana would add scenes such as the classic ship in sail or stuffed birds. As with every trend in London, woman immediately took to the look and tried to make it more outrageous by making their hair even taller or more ornate.

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