Wigs In The 18th Century

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1. The development of wigs in 17th to 18th century
The styles of judicial attire, nowadays, are different with the style of judicial attire in the 18th century. In the 18th century, judges always wear wig which year by year, it develops. Not only judges, but also a king, queen, duke, duchess, and all aristocrats were wearing wigs. The rationale behind the popularity of wigs in aristocrats was the baldness which they got because of the effect of make-up (Robe and Gown, 2003). At 17th century’s, a pale complexion became a standard of beauty for aristocrats. Since they have to put thick make-up to look pale, they also damage their skin, which the effect is baldness. Therefore, a wig became a mark of fashion on that year. Although wig was a mark of function on 17th century, the lower class did not wear it. It is, perhaps, the lower class did not put thick make-up as the aristocrats did. So, the wig also had another function, to differentiate the upper and lower class.
The first time they wore a wig started when King of France, Henry III, use a wig to cover his baldness. Then, Queen of England, Elizabeth I, also wear a wig
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There is no other meaning behind it. The young barristers of England took the vogue to impress the senior judges. That is a general truth that senior judges would not allow young members of barristers to plead to judges before they dressed properly or modishly. They popularize again Full-bottom wigs, therefore, they look so old-fashioned, which it impresses the senior judges. As time passed, the judges wore Full-bottom wigs again. However, the barristers wore back the Tie Wig again. Later in the 18th century, the barristers are famous with their Tie wigs and the judges are famous with the Full-bottom wigs. According to the experienced of barristers, some legal profession imitate the wigs as legal wigs which later it represented the

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