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1770 .:2:. Francaise by Tadarida 1770 .:2:. Francaise by Tadarida
Robe a la francaise evolved from very informal contouche from 1720s ( tadarida.deviantart.com/art/17… ) to a formal dress, second in formality after robe de cour (going to draw some in the future ;) ) It is made of piece of material, with pleats in the back and opening in the front, showing decorative, interchangable stomacher and petticoat.

Hairstyles are extreme, however, contrary to the belief, they're rarely wigs. While men generally wore wigs, women grew their hair very long and tried to accomplish the hairstyles with their natural hair. Some support like padded rolls would added of course, as would be hair pieces. 

Many movies/shows/pictures show women in very fake looking, white wigs. This isn't historically accurate. Every woman would want her hairstyle to look as natural as possible, so she would wear hairpieces in natural colors, not white. The powder would be added for hygenic reasons, fragrance but also to disguise the differences of colors between hairpieces and natural hair.

Here, the hairstyles are decorated with white caps. 

Other styles from 1770s:
A la polonaise: tadarida.deviantart.com/art/17…
A l'anglaise: tadarida.deviantart.com/art/17…
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theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't like orange normally, but this is an exception.
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Kaylin881 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's a sort of subtle orange, isn't it? Not an in-your-face colour. I like it too. Did you notice the subtle pattern on the fabric?
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theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No!  I obviously need to look at a higher res version.  Cool!
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