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Frances has a German bisque head with blond hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a black velvet suit trimmed with Persian lamb collar and cuffs and a black felt tricorne hat that is similarly fur-trimmed. Her boots are of beige kid. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, women forever abandoned the hobble and peg-top skirts that hampered movement, choosing a design that was shorter and fuller, flaring at the hem. This simplified attire gave women freedom of movement as they filled places in industry while men were at war. Many women, in fact, began to wear...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Francoise has a German bisque head and blue eyes. As befits a member of the upper class, she wears a powdered wig of yaks hair, with one curl falling over one shoulder. As the century progressed, wigs and hairstyles became more and more elaborate, though few Louisiana ladies could compete with the eccentricities of coiffure popular in the court of Marie Antoinette. Francoise wears a black cloth mantle; mantles and capes were the prevalent forms of outerwear for the 18th century. Slits in the mantle allow the hands to extend, so that we can see her lingerie (most likely from her chemise) sleeves, as Mrs. Gray states, "for...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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