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I don't know if I've ever revealed this fact, but the desire to be a fashion designer comes to me while I was on a plane traveling from Pari...

from Screener

'Duchess' Keira Knightley to hold court during NY Fashion Week

It would require actual cement to get my hair to do this for longer than10 seconds, and then I'd have to live with it for ever... I'd cope.

In 1775, Queen Maria Theresa of Austria-Hungary wrote to her daughter Marie-Antoinette, “Likewise I cannot help but touch upon a point that many of the papers repeat to me too often: it is the hairstyle that you wear. They say that from the roots it measures 36 pouces high and with all the feathers and ribbons that hold all of that up! You know that I have always been of the opinion that one should follow fashion moderately, but never carry it to excess."

Unmounted fan-leaf, with a hatseller's stall in a landscape at which a lady buys hats from a male and a female shopkeeper; at left, a figure of Folly in the clouds handing a feathered hat to the shopwoman; a cupid holds a scroll; on the body of the fan, floral and spangled ornaments. c.1770-90 Bodycolour on silk



"Empress Alexandra Fedorovna (Charlotte of Prussia)", 1841-42, by Christina Robertson (Scottish, 1796-1854)

from The Love of History

marie antoinette children 1785

Marie Antoinette and her 2 children. I love this pink linen dress with fine lace everything says spring time about this dress. The fashions are beginning to change ~ smaller panniers; skirts are more modest in size and ornamentation

from Jane Austen's World

Going to See Cassandra’s Portrait of Her Sister Jane Austen

Georgiana ~ The Duchess of Devonshire by Gainsborough 1783. This portrait was stolen by Adam Worth.....he slept with it under his mattress for 20 years.