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1770 Polonaise by Tadarida 1770 Polonaise by Tadarida
In 1770s many kinds of dresses are worn, but the most fashionable is polonaise dress (it's thought to be of Polish origin but I heard so many versions that I honestly have no idea where it came from anymore). It consists of fitted bodice, and full skirt that fells in the back in three large loops.The underskirt is now shorter and ankles are for the first time seen.

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.

Other styles:
A la francaise:…
A l'anglaise:…
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SailorX2 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Actually, looking at how you drew the bodice with a waist seam it looks more like robe à l’anglaise retroussée than a robe à la polonaise.

A polonaise wouldn't have a waist seam because the top portions and skirt are cut as a single whole. Here the bodice is like a the l’anglaise, which can have the skirts looped up similar to a polonaise (a dress that does this is called retroussée).

(PS: I used to equate the two as well until I learned the difference few weeks ago. So fun fact for the day)
Tadarida Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Hey! Thanks for the tip. I changed it - I want it to be a proper polonaise. 
SailorX2 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, I've made that mistake before too, except the lineart was drawn with good old pencil n' paper, so I never bothered to change it... :P

But still, glad to be of help~
DeathNyx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The best fashion is from 18th century. I love it.
SweetOphelia4231616 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought I hated the 18th century, but you made me change my mind :)
Also, I love the fact that you caught the women in this picture gossiping. It really captures the right atmosphere.
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