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Women sought to be beautiful at all times and to be in the fashion. Many men did not lag behind them too. For this purpose aristocrats were let to many tricks and used uncountable quantity of accessories which during that time seemed the true attribute of elegance. But today, looking at them, we sincerely are surprised: it was really possible to consider a stylish subject a blokholovka or a ladies' duck?
collected favorite gizmos fashionistas and fashionistas of the past, which we now consider unusual.
In the 17-18th centuries in France ladies actively used — the female podkladny vessel for natural needs. This subject had one handle and reminded a sauce-boat. Thing, apparently, very delicate. However Frenchwomen of the last centuries at all so did not consider.
At the time of Louis XIV at balls in Versailles great ladies in crinolines and wigs modestly departed to a wall and to the sound of music celebrated domestic needs. What to tell in that case about use . Besides it was the real magnificent subject of clothes: it was made of faience or porcelain and decorated with refined painting.
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For the reason that the hygiene left much to be desired in days of old, on a body of the person there lived many insects. For disposal of fleas of the aristocrat thought up the next way. They carried on a shoulder or on belt a skin of a fur animal . The muzzle was artificial, and pads are decorated with gold and jewelry.
Some ladies went further away: in a skin the trap in the form of a piece of the fabric soaked with honey, blood, pitch was located. According to our ancestors, such adaptation had to attract insects and force them to get over from the person on a carcass of a small animal.
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In the 18th century there was a curious fashion for artificial eyebrows. Ladies shaved off with what the nature awarded them, and glued to the place of eyebrows... mouse skins . Usually them had highly on a forehead — it gave to a look a derisive look.
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Tobacco bubble — a small bottle for storage of snuff tobacco. The small spoon from ivory, a tree or metal was fixed in its cover.
There were such accessories in the east. The Chinese masters carefully painted this subject. What is curious, those bubbles which were painted from within had separate value.
In the XIX century in England, at the time of Queen Victoria, this accessory has become incredibly fashionable, as well as many other Chinese wonders. Thirty nine million eight hundred forty seven thousand five hundred eighty four
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Natural birthmarks in the XVIII century were hidden under a thick layer of cosmetics and powder, and in return for the face were attached flies. They were made of black silk, velvet or leather and placed in different places on the face. So the young ladies not only sought to catch in the network of the groom, but also often masked the traces of diseases: smallpox, syphilis, etc.
What only there were aristocrats on to keep the pale skin in original state! In the 16th century they wore black velvet masks , thus protecting a face from the sun. Most often the mask was used during the travel.
We are afraid to present what was to carry this accessory which black color literally attracted to itself sunshine.
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Fortunately, the eye in such ornaments was drawn. But, it seems, seemed this accessory is no less ominous. Most often it was watercolor miniatures on ivory , which gained popularity of European ladies and gentlemen of the XVIII–XIX centuries.
Eyes of favourite people looked from brooches and rings, medallions and inside of caskets. At first their purpose was to keep anonymity of a subject of lamentation, but later even more often began to order "eye" portraits of spouses, children and other close people.
For the first time such devices appeared in 1846. This decoration, on top of everything else, was very practical. Clothespins were attached to long skirts, protected them from dirt, and also facilitated movement.
Hairstyles of the 18th century are a grandness, grandiosity and an enchanting spectacle. They were related to painting of rococo: the most stylish ladies carried on the head of an effigy of birds, figurines, the whole gardens with tiny trees. During this period the hairstyle "a la Böll of bullets" with model the well-known French of the frigate enjoyed special popularity.
Of course, with such very tall hairstyles it was very difficult to sit in the carriage, and then the court hairdresser of the queen Marie Antoinette Leonar constructed easy folding mechanism : with its help the hairstyle could be made low, and then high again.
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At the end of the 17th century there was a fashion for balls for cheeks that those looked is chubbier. For this purpose used various materials. Dandies at the same time lisped, and in general to them was difficult to utter also a couple of words.
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