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French Giraffe Mania in 1827

Parisians started seeing spots in 1827! Giraffe mania spread after the Pasha of Egypt offered this extraordinary long necked gift to King Charles X of France. Fabrics, furniture, wallpaper, porcelain, and even soap were decorated with a giraffe pattern. Women piled their hair up fashionably à la giraffe. This high in the sky chignon was supported by wire frames and often decorated with giraffe inspired ribbons. Oh la la!