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THE 17TH CENTURY...Louis the 14th who ruled France from 1643-1715 maintained a brilliant court that helped to make Paris both the artistic and fashion center of the Western World. Engraved fashion prints were distributed which showed what was being worn by the French ladies at court.
Fashions were elegant to an extreme, with lavish use of velvets and satins, enter the 'curled wig."
The 17th century which saw the first permanent English settlement in this country saw fashion in England itself begin to be divided by politics and religion.
The Reformation was taking hold and men were taking sides. The Puritans in both religion and politics put on somver clothes and cut their hair short while others who supported the Royalist cause chose elegant styles and long hair then fashionable in France, partly because the French throne supported the exiled English King.
18th century, a more...etc.
Enter Rocco Style...etc.
18th century played host to...etc.
Marie Antoinette's chief...etc.
At the the close of the 18th centruy...etc.
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