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The Line of Clothing: Rendering for Costume Design: Marie Antoinette
A resource guide for Chip Schoonmaker's The Line of Clothing: Rendering for Costume Design DRA2267
Marie Antoinette has always stood as an icon of supreme style. Here, 18th-century specialist Weber shows how Marie Antoinette developed her reputation for fashionable excess. As queen, Marie Antoinette used stunning, often extreme costumes to project an image of power. Gradually, however, she began to lose her hold on the French when she started to adopt provocative, "unqueenly" outfits that, ironically, would be adopted by the revolutionaries who executed her.
Dangerous Liaisons focuses on fashion and its interplay with the paintings, furniture, and decorative arts of eighteenth-century France. Set against a background of French Rococo and Neoclassical masterpieces of paintings, furniture, and decorative arts in the Museum's Wrightsman Galleries, these images reveal how French style in fashion and interiors was not only meant to be beautiful, but also to attract, arouse and seduce the viewer.
This sumptuously illustrated book reveals the decorative seams, exquisite stitching, voluptuous drapery, strict corseting and slashing and stamping that make up the clothing in the V & A's superlative seventeenth and eighteenth-century fashion collection. Using an authoritative text, exquisite color photography and line drawings of complete garments, the reader is allowed the unique opportunity to look closely at clothing, often too fragile to be on display.
MarieAntoinette (ăntwənĕt′, äNtwänĕt′), 1755–93, queen of France, wife of King Louis XVI and daughter of Austrian Archduchess Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I. She was married in 1770 to the dauphin, who became king in 1774. Her marriage had been made to strengthen France's alliance with its long-time enemy, Austria. The union, however, was not altogether popular, and Marie Antoinette's actions only increased hostility toward her. She constantly sought the advice of the Austrian ambassador and attempted to influence French foreign policy in favor of Austria. Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. 6th Edition. Q2 2016, p1-1. 1p. Longer Biography