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I don't know where the word exactly came from, but I'm pretty sure it had to do with the upper-class in the time of the Renaissance, especially in Austria, where the nobles wore big wigs. 19:31, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

See w:Court dress#Special occasions for the origin of the term. -- OlEnglish (Talk) 07:47, 4 September 2010 (UTC)
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