Versailles Big Hairdo


Almost up to the age of forty, Louis XIV kept beautiful long curls, but then, failing to shave it all off, he opted for a wig. At first it was an additional batch which he combined with his own. But the greater was the hair-loss, the bigger and more elaborate became the wig. Monsieur Binet, the king’s wig-maker, used to say that he needed all the hair in the kingdom to cover His Majesty’s bold patch. Not only because Louis XIV changed his wigs four times a day, but once the king had put one on, every courtier had to follow suit; and once the French Court has adopted the fashion, it became a pan-European affair. This is no longer a one vain person private business! There is a new market! How does it work in economic theory: those who have too much sell the excess to those who don’t have enough? Or is it more like a few poor guys have to shave themselves so that one rich dude could have a big Versailles hairdo? The reality was quite brutal. They even shaved corpses.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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