This famous hairdo, it reigned the world of women’s fashion for some thirty years, began with a hunting accident: Duchess Fontanges had a tree branch completely destroy her hair. The young woman promptly put it up in an improvised bundle of lace and hairpins. The king liked this so much, that he asked his favorite to keep it intact till the end of the day. But already the next morning he regretted his decision, for every woman at the court had her hair put up the same way.
Over the years the hairdo did evolve, but the bigger it got, the more Louis XIV hated it. Pretty soon the hairdressers were carrying small ladders, for beauty, like infinity, appears to have comparative degrees, and though we cannot calculate it, we can always estimate one to be greater than other. Louis XIV tried everything he could to stop the annoying trend, but even the most powerful of monarchs are powerless before the world of women’s fashion.