8 Art: Marie Antoinette Wigs


Marie Antoinette’s Wigs


  1. Please review the  Marie Antoinette’s Wigs article above before class.
  2. Familiarize yourself with Versailles and its opulence before class as well.


Marie Antoinette was known for her elaborate hair styles.  Some included ships, three foot feathers, and even a live bird in a bird cage.

…And the hairstyles continued to rise in height. In February 1776, the queen, going to a ball given by the Duchess of Orléans, had plumes so high that they had to be removed from her coiffure to get into her carriage. She had to leave them behind when she returned to Versailles. The next popular pouf, the hérisson, or the hedgehog, was Leonard’s concoction of unpowdered hair curled to the tips and rising in tiers, leaving several strands of curls falling on the neck. The hair on the forehead was held up in a high and very large clump with hairpins. The entire bouffant style was supported by a ribbon that encircled the entire pouf.

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EHA Supplies:

  • White Paper
  • Cotton Balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Multi-Colored Paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Stapler

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 4.39.55 PMDirections:

  1. Explain and discuss Marie Antoinette’s fashions and the opulence of Versailles.  Ask questions such as: Did everyone get to enjoy Versailles?  What Bible verse would fit well with this story?  (hint:  I thought of Lazarus and the Rich Man)  Is everyone going to be equal.  Why is excess wrong? (hint: when the people are starving)
  2. Fold the white paper into a cone. 
  3. Staple it and then cut around the edges to make it even.
  4. This will form the hat.  Allow students to be creative when designing their hats.
  5. Discuss what materials could represent which aspects of their wigs.  For example, students may wish to draw a picture of a bird and then build a bird cage out of paper around it. 

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