Grand Ladies of the Reign of Louis XVI - 1775 - 1789

This album covers just 14 years, but what years they were. All sorts of styles came into fashion such as polonaise dresses and caraco jackets. Hair reached astronomical heights while coiffures became as complex, it seems, as a modern computer chip. Then coiffures became frizzy and sheath dresses were fashionable. Then the French King, financially over-extended due to supporting military action in North America (at least that one produced a clear-cut outcome at Yorktown in 1781), called a fiscal summit of his key players, the Estates General, and they shut the government and the monarchy itself down in 1789.

Tea anybody?


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