To be a queen and have all the clothes you’ve ever wanted is something every girl dreams about. For Marie Antoinette, that was not a dream but a reality that did, unfortunately bring about her downfall. Known as Madame Deficit, the Austrian-born princess came to be France’s most lavish-spending queen, which brought about the French Revolution. She once ordered from her favored designer Rose Bertin to design 90 dresses, sometimes 300 annually, and it was told that she NEVER wore any of her dresses twice! Talk about royalty. In truth, Marie Antoinette’s way of rebelling against the French customs in Versailles was through her fashion choices. She always wore the wildest fashions, whether it was sporting her chemise dress at Le Petit Trianon or her elaborate Anglophile clothing (which was offensive to French patriots).
Marie-Antoinette at age 13. You can tell what a fashionable royal she was at such a young age!
Marie Antoinette in her hunting attire. On one occasion when she went hunting with her father-in-law King Louis XV, the queen wore a man-tailored outfit with breeches, which ruined her reputation.
Dresses designed by Rose Bertin, the queen’s favored Haute Couturiere.
In her chemise dress; this was simply what she wore at Le Petit Trianon, no jewelry included.
Marie Antoinette in one of her extravagant dresses
The queen of fashion was especially known for her “pouf” designed by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty, her preferred hairdresser.
Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette.
Of course, the French queen is recognized as a fashion icon in the modern fashion world, being the source of inspiration to the world’s leading fashion houses:
Chanel Cruise 2013 goes to Versailles!
Galliano stitched the fate of the doomed queen onto this dress for Dior’s 2000 collection
Christian Louboutin’s Marie Antoinette shoes:
And now, I would like to end this post with Antoinette’s famous quote:
“Let them eat cake!”