Queen of Fashion

Queen of Fashion

What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

eBook - 2007
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Marie Antoinette has always stood as an icon of supreme style, but surprisingly none of her biographers have paid sustained attention to her clothes. Here, 18th-century specialist Weber shows how Marie Antoinette developed her reputation for fashionable excess, and explains through lively, illuminating new research the political controversies that her clothing provoked. Weber surveys Marie Antoinette's "Revolution in Dress," covering each phase of her tumultuous life, beginning with the young girl struggling to survive Versailles's rigid traditions of royal glamour. As queen, Marie Antoinette used stunning, often extreme costumes to project an image of power. Gradually, however, she began to lose her hold on the French when she started to adopt provocative, "unqueenly" outfits that, ironically, would be adopted by the revolutionaries who executed her. The paradox of her tragic story, according to Weber, is that fashion--the vehicle she used to secure her triumphs--was also her undoing.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Picador/H. Holt, [2007, 2006]
Edition: First Picador edition.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781429936477
Characteristics: 1 online resource (412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)

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bruin0509 Jul 03, 2012

An excellent, very interesting and highly readable analysis of the significant (and political) role fashion and appearance played in Marie Antoinette's rise and downfall just before and during the French Revolution. Appearance and fashion continue to be important aspects of French society and culture, and Marie Antoinette can certainly claim a central role in this history. A must read for anyone interested in French history/culture and/or the history and political implications of fashion.


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