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Marie antoinette, 18th century hair. 
19th-Jul-2007 07:03 pm
random rebel
Hola vintage hairies (i like it!)
I am currently going through an obsession with Sophia Coppola's movie 'Marie Antoinette' about said french historical figure and apart from the clothes, which are awesome, I am loving the hairstyles.
Googling around the net there are some tutorials on how to achieve the different hairstyles but there are some specific elements of hair manipulation that I am having trouble with.
This is best illustrated with an image:

Basically the back of the hair is done in these little curls which are placed like so. I was wondering if someone could give me any hints as to how to achieve these types of curls as they appear to be quite tight, my hair is just above shoulder length and I have had problems getting curls this tight before. Obviously products need to be used and I was wondering which ones anyone could reccomend? Also a tutorial on how to pin discretely would be great too (Geez i dont ask much do I!)

I suppose to do a full on 1700s style you would need lots of fake hair and also some kind of foam to pull the hair over to make it look so gigantic, I really haven't been able to find pictures of women who have had a go at this online. There really isnt that much information on it, which I was quite surprised by.

Anyhoo, under the cut are a few more images from the film for inspiration:

Images are originally from this fantastic website on the closet of marie antoinette - antoinettescloset.com
and further details and hair tutorials are available here (however they are in german) - marquise.de/en/1700/index.shtml
29th-Jul-2007 06:53 am (UTC)
Perhaps a small curling iron (just don't pull it straight out, unroll it on the iron) or some pincurls unbrushed? I have boob length hair, but with a small enough section I've been able to do a tight pincurl. And I'm sure you know that pins that match your hair color blend in better.
29th-Jul-2007 08:13 am (UTC)
Oh man, I loved the hair in that movie.

I was especially fond of the "peasant era" styles:
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29th-Jul-2007 08:45 am (UTC)
thats amazing, thank you! the wigs you make are awesome and I would really love to read the tutorial on them
I will be sure to check out the blog and thanks again for your help
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31st-Jul-2007 07:40 am (UTC)
Thanks :) very informative
29th-Jul-2007 08:52 am (UTC)
In your pictures on flickr is that your own hair backcombed in the blonde photographs? is looks really authentic
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29th-Jul-2007 09:08 am (UTC)
It still looked great, where did you get those stays from? they are v nice also. On your blog you talk about visting skansen? thats a sort of re-enactment event right? What are those like? Do you just wear the clothes or do you have to act as if you are in the 1700s, I always thought it would be quite weird for everyone to be dressed up and then someone wips out a mobile phone or something. Im bombarding you with questions, its just nice to find someone who's really looked into all of this.
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29th-Jul-2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
yeah, I think it would all jst get a bit too weird with roleplay, thanks muchly, I shall check out the corset site (and hope i can afford one)
29th-Jul-2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
wow your journal rocks.. iam adding it to my favs :)
Wow ive always noticed how peoples faces back then were much rounder and not alot of detail... hmm.. is there somthing you could tell me about that?
29th-Jul-2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
I've gotten some REALLY tight curls when I've use foam rollers - putting them in while my hair was wet (useing hair spray along the way) and then letting my hair completely dry while still in them.

that stuff in sweden sounds so fun! I really need to move across the pond, I miss Europe :(
29th-Jul-2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hooray, I was just wondering when someone was going to post something about pre-20th century hairstyles (or even pre-1940's hairstyles).
29th-Jul-2007 05:36 pm (UTC)

I was about to say, not sure how they did it in the movie but: I was pretty sure a lot of that was done with wigs during that time. Also secondary to the fact that a lot of them had tertiary syphilis and their hair was falling out . (gross historical fact)
29th-Jul-2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
i love that movie, i would love my hair like that also :)
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