Meghan asked me...
"Now that I'm reading Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire after reading Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution there has been a question nagging at me: Who wore the pouf first--Marie-Antoinette or Georgiana?
In "Georgiana" it says she was the first to wear the "three-foot tower" and the first to wear ostrich feathers, but I thought Antoinette did it first. Or is it that Georgiana was the first to introduce the styles specifically in England? I feel like they can't have independently and simultaneously come up with the idea.
Heather and I put our thoughts together on this one for you!
|François Hubert Drouais, Marie Rinteau, called Mademoiselle de Verrières. 1761, oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: @MarieGossip|
|Jean Honoré Fragonard, A Woman with a Dog. 1769, oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.|
These hair styles had the power to convey very important (and not so important) messages, sometimes even political messages. The style below was created for Marie Antoinette by Leonard in celebration of the French victory in the bataille d’Ouessant.
|Marie Antoinette's Coiffure de l'indépendance ou Le triomphe de la liberté. Franco-American Museum at the Chateau de Blérancourt.|
Hair with a message = Antoinette
Feathers in the hair was an established trend, but an ambassador from France brought Georgiana a big full feather and she took it upon herself to make popular huge ostrich feathers in the late 70's.
English hair was tall and Georgie pioneered the ever-so difficult three tower pouf.
|Satirical Print, A hint to the ladies to take care of their heads. 1776, mezzotint. The British Museum.|
Huge tall hair = Georgiana
French hair was tall, but not as tall, however it held innumerable scenes of art and the craftsmanship was incredible.
|Phaetona or Modern Female Taste, Published by M. Darly. Nov. 6, 1776, etching and engraving. British Museum.|
Lauren & Heather