Sunday, May 16, 2010

Marie Antoinette: Fashion Through the Centuries

I have decided that every so often I need to pay homage to the muse of this blog, and dedicate a post to Marie Antoinette. This post will be dedicated to the enduring influence that the Last Queen of France has had on fashion through the centuries. In the years leading up to the French Revolution, fashion in France reached heights of over-the-top, fantastical ornamentation. Panniers (giant skirts that go out at the sides) and bustles with cinched corsets were the popular silhouhettes of the time. The Louis heel shoe was the most popular style of the time, not quite a stiletto, but still sassy. Giant, white powdered wigs were the favoured hairstyle of the time. Our Marie Antoinette refused the court hairdresser in favour of the most fashionable hairstylist in France. The Queen was of course a fan of fans, used for seduction purposes.

Kirsten Dunst in the 2006 film "Marie Antoinette"

Marie Antoinette has influenced everyone from Madonna to Christian Louboutin. Madonna dressed up like her to the MTV Video Music Awards in 1990 for her performance of "Vogue." For Spring 2009 Christian Louboutin created the Marie Antoinette shoes. Only 36 pairs of each colour were made, and they cost in the range of $3, 000. Don't you wish you snagged a pair when you could?

Louboutin shoes adorned with tiny Marie Antoinette wigs

The Sofia Coppola film placed Marie Antoinette firmly in history as a fashion icon. The elborate costumes and stunning sets caught the attention of Vogue magazine, and put Kirsten Dunst on the September 2006 cover.

Whenever you feel like you may need a little bit of extravagent femininity in your wardrobe look to our muse of frivolity for inspiration.

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