New Book | The American Duchess Guide to 18th-Century Beauty

Posted in books by Editor on July 1, 2019

This companion volume to The American Duchess Guide to 18thCentury Dressmaking is scheduled to be released in July, when it will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major booksellers.

Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox, with Cheyney McKnight, The American Duchess Guide to 18th-Century Beauty: 40 Projects for Period-Accurate Hairstyles, Makeup, and Accessories (Salem: MA, Page Street Publishing, 2019), 240 pages, ISBN: 978-1624147869, $25.

Ever wondered how Marie Antoinette achieved her sky-high hairstyle or how women in the 1700s created their voluminous frizz hairdos? The American Duchess Guide to 18th-Century Beauty answers all your Georgian beauty questions―and teaches you all you need to know to recreate the styles yourself. Learn how to whip up your own pomatum and hair powder and correctly use them to take your dos to the next level. From there, dive into the world of buckles, hair cushions, and papillote papers with historically accurate hairstyles straight from the 1700s. And top all your hair masterpieces with millinery from the time period, from a French night cap to a silk bonnet to a simple, elegant chiffonet. With step-by-step instructions and insightful commentary, this must-have guide is sure to find a permanent place on the shelves of 18th-century beauty enthusiasts.

Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox are the authors of The American Duchess Guide to 18th-Century Dressmaking, and their company, American Duchess Inc., has been providing historically accurate lady’s shoes since 2011. Their shoes and accessories have been used in productions all over the world, including ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Starz’s Outlander and American Gods, Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical, Dangerous Liaisons, and Cinderella. Their shoes have also been used by the New York Metropolitan Opera and Ford’s Theater and have walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards. They live in Reno, Nevada.

As Stowell and Cox describe the project on their blog:

The recipes in the book come from primary sources like Toilet De Flora (1772) and Plocacosmos (1782), among others. These books have multiple recipes for various types of pomades, powders, rouges, paints, perfumes, and dyes, some of which contain ingredients that are not available today. We went with the simplest and most accessible recipes, all with natural and safe ingredients easily obtained.

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