A devout patron of the arts, she commissioned from Boucher, La Tour and many other artists now remembered as the cream of the crop in the Rococo style. She used art to further bolster her image, and quite frankly, it worked. The world now remembers De Pompadour for her elegant and charming portraits and commissioned pieces.
The world also remembers her for something else: a borderline chic and sometimes outrageous hairstyle known as-you guessed it-the Pompadour!
The Pompadour do' features a very accentuated 'pouf' at the front. To be honest, I have seen many portraits of the Marquise and have never really noticed her wearing this hairstyle.
If anything, the Pompadour is very reminiscent of Marie Antoinette. It would be a few years after Pompadour's reign as maîtresse until Marie Antoinette stepped into the scene. It would be even longer until the ill-fated queen started wearing the extreme hairstyles that would rock the 18th century fashion scene.
Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Kim Kardashian...many women of Hollywood have been seen rocking their own takes on the Pompadour.
Here is where things get pretty interesting. From the 1950's onwards we see a surge of popularity of the Pompadour (a toned down version of it) on MEN!
So, I suppose if you're not remembered for your patronage of the arts and political position, an over the top hairstyle is the next best thing. Right?