I like history period movies and love movies in the 17th and 18th Century Western Europe. Ever noticed in, “Dangerous Liaison” with Glenn Close and John Malkovich or “Barry Lyndon” with Ryan O’Neal the characters has facial moles. More importantly the characters has artificial moles called, mouches (flies). Read More…
Skin patches were first worn in 16th century Europe to cover blemishes and small-pox scars. 18th century Western Europe it was fashionable in royal courts and upper classes to wear artificial facial moles called, flies. Both men and women wore flies; make up, elevated shoes and powdered wigs. A beauty mark is commonly a mole and was noted as a mark of beauty in the 18th century. Mouches were created to give the delusion of a mole to cover a blemishes or scars but also became a fashion statement. Mouches were thought to enhance the cheeks, mouth, eyes and shoulders. The artist talents were challenged in artificial mole making. Mouches designed varied: stars, crescent moons, butterflies, birds, flowers, butterflies and extended to horse-drawn carriages. Oddly, the horse-drawn carriage became a favorite. In some circles, the shape and design of the mouches could signify political party affiliations, marital status and sexual sensuality.
Artificial moles or patches were made from silk, taffeta, velvet or leather. Mouches were temporarily pasted to the face, neck, shoulders or breasts. In 1653 Bulwer wrote, " Our ladies have lately entertained a vain custom of spotting their faces, out of an affectation of a mole, to set off their beauty, such as Venus had; and it is well if one black patch will serve to make their faces remarkable, for some fill their visages full of them, varied into all manner of shapes."
Men and women both worn mulches the fashion statement was also adopted in Russia. In the Russian court they were called, “mushka”. One to ten mouches could be worn at one time.
During the Middle Ages or Dark Ages in Europe the mole was seen as a sign of evil. Mole, birthmark, skin tags or skin warts were all marks of evil. Over centuries in the same country natural or artificial moles became a thing of beauty. Moles throughout history have different significances based on time in history and the country.
The standard in the Western World has always been a fair complexion blemish free. This concept is adopted from the Ancient Romans. Moles have been a sign of beauty and omens for the future in many societies. The Ancient Greeks believed that moles and where the mole was located, could tell a persons destiny. Moleomancy is a practice in Ancient China. “Wealthy spots” visible mole corresponded with other moles on the body. In China moles were respected and were indicators of good or bad omens.
Moles have traveled along way through history. In the mid 19th century America smooth clear skin indicated good character. That concept was slowly changed by President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln had a signature facial mole. Marilyn Monroe erased mole taboos with her signature facial mole. Marilyn Monroe’s mole reversed back to the 18th Western European’s concept of moles or birthmarks as signs of beauty.
Mole is benign tumor (nevus). Moles are cluster of cells called, “melanocytes”. Sun expose can darken moles, skin tags and skin wart. Most moles are benign but consult a medical doctor (dermatologist) if mole changes in shape or color, if painful, oozes or for general medical consultation.
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