During the reign of Louis XVI e Maria Antonietta everything was a tendency to Versailles, even more serious, and any excuse was good to invent new fashions to follow, both in clothing that hairstyles.
For a while the ladies made a show of hairstyles absurd, to the ridiculous (localhost / test / 6548 / story-modern / a-sailing ship-the-head-of-maria-antonietta), the idea of which often sprang from contingencies, on the record and the company.
This happened even when Louis XVI, desiring to first example, voluntarily he submitted the inoculation Smallpox Vaccine (an important and courageous, since vaccination was then his first experiments and smallpox continued to claim numerous victims, also famous, as it was for Luigi XV); it was then that the ladies did not find something better to do that comb the inoculation.
The new and extravagant hairstyle was to gather the hair on the head by putting the old emblem of medicine, or the Aesculapius staff with a snake coiled around and a rising sun, which together they had to symbolize the triumph of science over disease.
A fashion un po’ kitsch, but quite normal in Versailles (Photo gives: it.paperblog.com).