Loose and Lovely 1790s Locks

Jul 26, 2013 3 comments
Costume College is fast approaching, and while I think I've burnt out on trying to get everything done, I *did* fully finish the 1790s Chintz gown.

When I started this blog several years ago, my focus was on 1790s, but despite starting there, I have not made very many 1790s things since.  I do love this period, with all the crazy stuff happening with fashion in France particularly, and I'm excited to be sporting a new '90s dress in a couple weeks.

But now...to the hair...

The 1790s was a decade of flux.  We see fully powdered hedgehog coifs next to loose, natural, and almost straggly Merveilleuse styles.  I love them all, but for the first wearing the the Chintz gown, I want to try something more loose and wild, something like these...

Princess Anna Gagarina (1777-1805) by Jean-Louis Voille
Mme JL Germain by Marie-Gabrielle Capet (French artist, 1761-1818)
Self Portrait, Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun (1755-1842) painted 1790
Marie-Victoire Jobbe, wife of the architect JF Heurtrier, c. 1790
Comtesse Golovin by Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, 1797
I have a red silk beret hat thing to cover the back of my head, and the plan is to curl up the front of my hair and maybe add some long pieces dangling out here and there.  Jen over at Festive Attyre has an awesome video for the style the Comtesse Golovin is rockin', above, to help sort this craziness out:

Jen has a lot more hair than me to begin with, but that's what Sally Beauty Supply is for, right? :-)


  1. Looking forward to seeing it all come together!

  2. Dear Lauren,

    Me, too! The gown is really, really nice, and you do such a good job with your hair and accessories. Jen does too: I've watched her video multiple times.

    I've been played with 1790s hair for years.

    In the winter/spring/fall, a person here can layer on the curls. I've wrapped fake straight wefts on thick wooden dowels and boiled them briefly to set big spiral curls (http://zipzipinkspot.blogspot.com/2011/08/volunteering-for-costuming-society-of.html), which I pinned into my roller-curled hair.

    False hair here in humid summer heat's a struggle and I've had had to leave off extra false hair. This is what I ended up with earlier this week: a ca. 1796 look that's a little shorter. It relies on some height at the crown, and a small chignon in back (http://zipzipinkspot.blogspot.com/2013/07/i-conquered-1790s-hairafter-jane-austen.html).

    You might've worked it all out already, but perhaps the above might offer a few tips.

    Very best,


  3. Where did you get the two clip on chignons in your video?


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