The lady in the portrait is possibly Marie-Antoinette, queen of Louis XVI, and former Austrian princess in her youth. Her extravagant hairstyle demonstrates one of the most striking borrowings of English fashion of the eighteenth century. The "Anglomania" trend between 1775 and 1795 fashionably featured big hats and hairstyles à la Marlborough with bouquets of ostrich feathers. The woman's dress is also indicative of the English influence on French fashion during the end of the eighteenth century. The robe à l'anglaise was a trend from the 1770s until the 1890s, usually worn because it was considered less formal, ceremonial, and cumbersome than the robe à la francaise. The woman depicted here is wearing a red gown upon which a beautiful ruff of white gauze reveals her cleavage. The gown could be a derivative of the robe à l'anglaise, perhaps a robe à la polonaise or robe à la Circassienne. The colours used are blue, a "Blue Celeste", and red, a "Salmon Rose", which enhance the youthfulness of the sitter.