Léonard Autié: Hair, Grandeur and Revolution, Pt. 1

Léonard-Alexis Autié's Académie de coiffure on the rue de la Chaussée d'Antin in Paris in 1788. From an 1894 "The Picture Magazine." Public domain.

Marie Antoinette's hairdresser set the styles of France during King Louis XVI's reign. But when he first arrived in Paris, he had almost nothing. Just how did he manage such a meteoric rise?

Holly's Research:

  • Bashor, Will. “Marie-Antoinette’s Head.” Rowan and Littlefield 2013.
  • Léonard, i.e. Léonard Autié.” Recollections of Léonard, hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette.” London, Greening and Co., Ltd. 1912. https://archive.org/details/recollectionsofl00lorich

Topics in this Podcast: Leonard Autie, Marie Antoinette, fashion history, hair, biographies, French history, Versailles, Rose Bertin