October 6, 2006

Marie Antoinette - Part 1

As a personal fan, and in the occasion of Sofia Coppola's movie Marie Antoinette, I would like to dedicate the next few posts to a beautiful and interesting, but just as misunderstood and unfortunate character: Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.

Nobody can deny the influence of Marie Antoinette in fashion, not just in her times, but continually since then. From her gowns to her hair, from her palace to her garden, everything was about beauty and self-display, luxury and extravagance. No other Queen has left a mark on fashion like her.

It's always been easy to blame the Revolution and people's poverty on Marie Antoinette, because of her extravagance and spending, but it is unfair to hold her responsible of all that went wrong in France on the second half of the 18th century. To really understand her and her actions, like with any person, one needs to learn her story, the story of a pretty but fragile little girl that suddenly found herself Queen of one of the biggest nations in the world.

Stay tuned for more...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

J'ai lu et relu des biographies de Marie Antoinette et j'ai toujours dit qu'elle n'était pas la seule responsable. Les Français étaient victimes d'un système inégal et presque inhumain. Aussi, son mari, le roi Louis XVI était "un bon gars", pas un véritable roi : il ne pouvait rien refuser à sa femme, Marie-Antoinette. Il n'était pas extravagant, comparé à Louis XIV... mais le Roi Soleil était et agissaig en véritable roi. Je participe à ce blog simplement pour exprimer ma satisfaction d'entendre ENFIN quelqu'un qui partage mon opinion sur la "culpabilité" de Marie Antoinette. Merci de m'avoir lu.