Reign of Louis XVI - 1775 to 1789

This album covers just 14 years, but what years they were. Many 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.

Louis XVI became financially over-extended due to supporting the American colonial rebellion (at least he saw a clear-cut outcome in 1781, unlike some military blunders today). He called a fiscal summit of his key players, the Estates General, and they shut down the government and the monarchy itself in 1789.

Tea anybody?

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