Wednesday, May 13

Fashion to Die For: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine?

"Fast fashion might seem like a modern invention, but in the turbulent world of 18th-century France, when Marie Antoinette was calling the shots, fashion moved at light speed: In an era when several artisans would be called upon to labor over a single garment, styles shifted by the hour, rendering fashion magazines, which were printed every 10 days, outdated before their ink was even dry. Not unlike today, the streets of Paris in the 18th century were filled with people wearing flashy outfits referencing politics and pop culture. Trendy hats, hairstyles, and other accessories signaled that you were in the know. During the 1780s, the aristocracy of Europe’s most powerful country even started slumming it with simpler, peasant-inspired looks. ..."
amazon: Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
W - Reign of Terror
W - Ancien Régime
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Eighteenth-Century European Dress
Rose Bertin, the creator of fashion at the court of Marie-Antoinette
W - Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon-Penthièvre, Duchess of Orléans