19 thoughts on “Marie Antoinette (2022) Hair & Wigs, Part 1

  1. I am obsessed with 18th century and have been reading journals and letters of the period…the best ones I have found are those of Lady Sarah Lennox, mostly to her close friend Lady Susan Fox Strangeways, ( who eloped with an actor) though her family removed all letters from the period where she left her husband to run off with a “mad man”. (From Aristocrats series). Also the bio of Harriet Spencer Bessborough, who was sister to the famous Georgianna Duchess of Devonshire, as well as mother to Lady Caroline Lamb…and was left out of the movie The Duchess entirely, is so good. Her story was equally scandalous and interesting to her sister’s and they were joined at the hip, so it is a shame they left her out of the film.
    I have a question about the powder though…did they wash it out frequently to start fresh? I can’t get a sense of that from the any of the journals I have read, though they all detail the hairstyles and fashions.

    1. I think they would comb it out and start fresh periodically! The powder itself was a degreaser, and they weren’t too much for water-washing in this period (beyond using a basin and jug and cloth).

    2. And I love the 18th century letters/diaries! Check out “An English Lady in Paris: the diary of Frances Anne Crewe” for a great diary by an Englishwoman who visited Paris in the mid-1780s and did All the Things.

      1. I read it! I have found quite a lot and always looking for more. Even Fanny Burney’s has some funny stuff as she was such a prude and shocked by everything. She was appalled to meet Duchess of Devonshire and find that she was charming…and Sarah Lennox was a hoot. She wrote to Lady Susan all thru her (Susan’s) exile to America and described the fashion in great detail so Susan could be up to snuff.

      2. You should try the memoirs of the marquise de la tour du pin (Journal d’une femme de 50 ans). I don’t know if they exist in English. It is fascinated as we follow her, as a very young member of the high court (she was lady in waiting to Marie Antoinette at 16, at the eve of the revolution. Then half her family is guillotined, she lost everything, she and her hiusband fled to the US where she became a simple dairy farmer in the state of NY, then came back at Napoleon’s court.

  2. The frill one (underneath the boats images) reminds me nothing so much as a dried coral piece. Maybe they could have stuck some pearls and kelp in there to really sell the effect.

  3. I’m not going to lie, seeing this fine website tackle a series that I’ve seen recently has mightily excited to discuss such crucial questions as:-

    Should we translate ‘Papa Roi’ as “Grandpa” or as “Daddy King” when applied to Louis XV?
    Can we call this show’s Monsieur “Provence” when he’s barely large enough for Monte Carlo?
    Has Mr Louis Cunningham achieved Peak Method Acting in going to the trouble of not only being born to a European royal family, but being named “Louis” from birth?
    Is the Princess Lamballe the only creature in this show with puppy eyes more affecting than those of the indomitable Mops?
    Did the Emperor leave tooth-marks in the stonework as well as the woodwork during his incognito visit?
    Would the future Louis XVI marrying the Princess of Savoy rather than the Princess of Savoy have left France better or worse off? (Also, what would the King of France’s safe word have been and would Madame have listened when he used it?).
    Most importantly, do we award the Princess de Polignac or Madame the title “Sexiest Schemer at Versailles (Ladies)”?

    La Polignac is quite classically beautiful, seems to have a knack for man-management and clearly has charisma to burn, but Madam has red hair, killer instinct and sheer perversity on her side (Why do I find such a horrible, horrible person so SEXY?!?).

    Oh, I’m also happy to discuss plot, themes and the vexed question of whether this show manages to find just the right sweet spot between “impending tragedy” and “Peak Foppery”.

    In any case I look forward to future instalments!

  4. Also, your comments about putting crazy ornaments in the wigs made me think of the comedy The Big Tease starring Craig Ferguson. It’s from the late 90s/early 2000s, so not a FrockFlick. But I thought it was funny at the time. It’s about a Scottish hairdresser who travels to Los Angeles for a hair competition. It’s been ages since I saw it, but it did feature several crazy hairstyles! Here’s a link to the trailer which, sadly, doesn’t feature the afore-mentioned crazy hairstyles: https://youtu.be/i8jqDCK5Bu8

  5. I have not watched ep 1 as I have to have the whole series available before I begin but am NOT excited. Had hoped for a quasi-realistic view of Marie Antoinette, not really wanting a “feisty teen shakes up Versailles” as this appears to be…

  6. I’ve been watching a lot of Japanese/Korean/Chinese period pieces lately, and one of the things I love learning was that “slapping the main characters in more modern hairstyles while the extras are all more or less period correct” isn’t just a Hollywood/ European thing. I recently watched a show set during the Shogunate and it was very clear that at some point the director was like “yea, we aren’t doing the partially-shaved heads for the main male leads. Just do that for the characters who don’t have lines.” The older/ more minor ladies in this show also have much more accurate hair while the younger ones have very modern haircuts, worn completely unstyled.

  7. Just started watching it on PBS but am hoping that Louis bathes and isn’t a smelly bad hair wearing manchild. I want Mops back.

    1. Minor spoiler: There WILL be pugs (because what other breed says “Fashionably inbred, darling” more loudly this side of a Spanish Habsburg?

  8. Emilia Schüle, the actress who plays Marie Antoinette, mentioned in an Instagram post the head of the hair department, Sebastien Quinet, and wrote that he spent around 400 hours doing her hair.
    Does this mean, he also designed the wigs and hairstyles? Or is that the job of somebody else? (Genuine question, I really don‘t know how these things work – but would be very interested to learn about it!)

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