In the 18th c, women often sported the pouf, a towering hair-do, best known now through visual representations of Marie Antoinette. The pouf were often allegorical and represented concepts such as ‘le charme de innocence,’ as well as contemporaneous events. A famous example is Le Pouf à la belle Poule, worn by Marie Antoinette to commemorate a victory of a French frigate against the British in the American Revolutionary War. Other examples include Le Pouf à la Victoire, an extravagant affair adorned with laurel wreaths—a common iconography of victory. Finally, I’ve also included a satirical cartoon of hairstyles in late 18th century France. If you’re interested, check out this amazing site for historical hair-dos from Ancient Greece to the modern times!!