On that festive day in 1770 when the Dauphin Louis Auguste, now King
Louis XVI, married Archduchess Marie Antoinette, all ladies of
fashion gained a new bellwetherbut they also lost one. During the
wedding celebrations, Monsieur Legros de Rumigny, the Parisian cook
turned coiffeur nonpareil, was accidentally smothered to death in a
brawling crowd. The famed 38 styles described in Legros's L'Art de la
Coëffure des Dames Françoises had become de rigueur for all the best
heads in Europe. But with the tastemaker gone, faddism has
flourishedso much so that European ladies of...
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