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1770 .:3:. Anglaise by Tadarida 1770 .:3:. Anglaise by Tadarida
Robe a l'anglaise evolved from a mantua. It was sewn much closer to the body than robe a la francaise and by 1780s the bodice and skirt would be cut separately. Bodice could be open to show the decorated stomacher or it could be close with buttons or pins. It was less formal than the robe a la francaise and would be worn without paniers

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.

For outdoor strolling, they are also wearing hats.

More about hairstyles and the inspiration for the left one can be found on Two Nerdy History Girls: twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.… (as it is with the internet today, I found the picture of the hair floating somewhere in the web and only after some time I stumbled by accident on the blog...)


Other styles from 1770s:
A la polonaise: tadarida.deviantart.com/art/17…
A la francaise: tadarida.deviantart.com/art/17…
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theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How lovely.  And thank you for helping me understand the purpose of powder.  In my 20+ years of studying history, no one has ever explained that before.
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Kaylin881 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is something I'd never thought of! I never wondered WHY the fashion for powder started, but that makes sense. I thought it was something to do with wanting the hair to look grey and therefore more distinguished or something...
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theterriblezodin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It never ceases to amaze me reading reports of officers in the American Revolution needing their hair to be powdered before going to battle!  These are guys who are lacking basic clothes and supplies throughout the war, yet hair powder is a must.  (British soldiers end up thickening their soup with their hair powder while on the march from East Florida in 1778.)
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