The enduring impact of Marie Antoinette’s style

Let them eat brioche” is arguably the line from the Dauphine that we associate most with the goddess of Rococo depicted by Zweig in his renowned biography. The wife of Louis XVI who was crowned Queen of France in 1774, Marie Antoinette, was unquestionably the world’s first influencer. She was equally hated and loved. Eave if she was unaware of it. She had admirers and detractors, just like today’s It-girls, and was the first person to value high couture clothes as a consumer. Marie-collection Antoinette’s of clothes, which took up nearly three rooms, is what she bequeathed to posterity, and because to the efforts of her personal designer, Rose Bertin, these outfit ideas continue to inspire our closets endlessly. She even kept a men’s diary in which she recorded all the fabric combinations that she found most appealing.

La Gazette des Atours, which translates to “gazette des ornaments,” was the name of the 1782 journal in question. It did, in fact, contain fabric swatches with notes describing each possible application for both official and informal settings. A Rococo-inspired triumph of pastel hues, tiny floral designs, and priceless embroideries, ribbons, and bows occurred. Coquette fashion refers to materials and designs that are still prevalent in our modern fashion imagination.

Today’s Marie Antoinette style

Rose Bertin gave clothing a specific type of power, that much is certain. As it was forbidden for women to wear the same garment twice at Versailles, the costumes were frequently altered or given new looks with the use of different fabrics. A modern pioneer was Vivienne Westwood, who introduced a contemporary spin on the dolphin look with corsets and crinolines for her autumn/winter 1995 collection. The same was done by John Galliano for Dior in 2008 and by Chanel for its Resort 2013 collection that was presented at Versailles. In contrast, Guo Pei revived the regent aesthetic with exotic sparks in 2020, while Moschino reinterpreted it with humour. The coquette look, however, is still popular on television.

Consider the successful TV show Bridgerton and all the subsequent partnerships, from Pat McGrath’s makeup to the luxurious shoes by Malone Souliers. A well-balanced mashup of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita nymphet is responsible for this “flirtatious” style. If your wardrobe is filled with pastel hues, bustiers and corsets, pearl or heart-shaped jewelry, and romantic platform shoes, you have this fashion sense. Coquette can be loosely translated as having a flirtatious and amorous appearance with pleasantly suggestive overtones.

The ‘pouf’ hair legend

Modern hairstyles at the courts were inspired by the hairdo created by Marie-stylists. Antoinette’s This “multi-layered” hairdo, which enabled the hair to be raised by more than a meter, was composed of wigs colored with plants like rhubarb or turmeric to give the hair new colours, a shining appearance, and a pendant with the clothing. This is how wigs were kept fragrant and fresh at court before shampoo was created, offering us the example of how to wear faultless wigs even today when we need them most, as at theme parties.

The dauphine’s beauty regimen was groundbreaking.

We could go on for hours discussing all the beauty regimens that the empress invented and her servants refined. The Eau Cosmetique de Pigeon, a facial moisturizing concoction created with lemon, cucumber water lily juice, and stewed pigeons, is undoubtedly the most well-known of her numerous beauty secrets. The Toilette of Health, Beauty, and Fashion, an original 19th-century manuscript that was inspired by a Danish recipe for imparting softness and suppleness to the face and even whitening the complexion, contained the recipe. Masks, which are created from a combination of eggs, milk, lemon, and cognac, were another homemade recipe. Due to the passion her husband, Louis XVI, brought to France, Marie Antoinette also enjoyed smelling nice. The court would place bouquets of fresh flowers and scented oils throughout the rooms to fight unpleasant odors. The dauphine would apply Eau des Charmes, which has a May vine aroma, or the perfume created for her by perfumer Jean-Louis Fargeon, which has jasmine, rose, and bergamot, according to the book A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer. The makeup wasn’t any less significant. The queen, who used red lipstick derived from a red lead pigment, was one of the first ladies to do so, according to Mentalfloss. She added the finishing touch of white powder and pink cheeks to give her face an appeal of an angel.

Marie Antoinette is back on television (and in a video clip)

Naturally, Sofia Coppola is primarily to blame for giving Kirsten Dunst’s portrayal of the gorgeous dauphine new life in our culture in the 2006 film Marie Antoinette, which is largely factual. She wore a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels, one more glam than the other, and ate macarons and pastel-colored treats with numerous layers of cream instead of croissants. Emilia Schüle, a Russian-German actress who portrays the dauphine from a young age, will return to Canal+ on October 31. Taylor Swift also pays respect to the Queen of France in her most recent music video, Midnights, with layered dusty pink wigs and a pretty gown with vintage undertones. This leads us to give a historical example and suggest eating brioche to people who don’t like her eternally modern approach.

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