In a recent post I told you about the magnificent book I was reading, called Fashioning the Bourgeoisie. I will write up some of the most interesting, unusual, or unknown bits for you to sample! They will be spread out over several posts.
If you thought this century was obsessed with the removal of bodily hair, here is something from the notes of Jean-Louis Soulavie:
On the occasion of the secret marriage between the duke of Orleans and Madame de Montession in 1773, etiquette required that the marquis of Valencay present the nuptial shirt. The prince removed his shirt and naked to waist showed himself completely epilated. Here he followed the rules of the most exquisite gallantry of the time. Princes and the great nobles neither consummated marriages nor received the first favors of mistresses without undergoing this operation. (from the notes, p. 202)