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When her carriage first crossed over from her native Austria into France, fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette was taken out, stripped naked before an entourage, and dressed in French attire to please the court of her new king. For a short while, the young girl played the part.

But by the time she took the throne, everything had changed. In Queen of Fashion, Caroline Weber tells of the radical restyling that transformed the young queen into an icon and shaped the future of the nation. With her riding gear, her white furs, her pouf hairstyles, and her intricate ballroom disguises, Marie Antoinette came to embody--gloriously and tragically--all the extravagance of the monarchy.

Book Description: Marie Antoinette has always stood as an icon of supreme style, but surprisingly none of her biographers have paid sustained attention to her clothes. In Queen of Fashion, Caroline Weber shows how Marie Antoinette developed her reputation for fashionable excess, and explains through lively, illuminating new research the political controversies that her clothing provoked. Weber surveys Marie Antoinette’s “Revolution in Dress,” covering each phase of the queen’s tumultuous life, beginning with the young girl, struggling to survive Versailles’s rigid traditions of royal glamour (twelve-foot-wide hoopskirts, whalebone corsets that crushed her organs). As queen, Marie Antoinette used stunning, often extreme costumes to project an image of power and wage war against her enemies. Gradually, however, she began to lose her hold on the French when she started to adopt “unqueenly” outfits (the provocative chemise) that, surprisingly, would be adopted by the revolutionaries who executed her.
Weber’s queen is sublime, human, and surprising: a sometimes courageous monarch unwilling to allow others to determine her destiny. The paradox of her tragic story, according to Weber, is that fashion—the vehicle she used to secure her triumphs—was also the means of her undoing. Weber’s book is not only a stylish and original addition to Marie Antoinette scholarship, but also a moving, revelatory reinterpretation of one of history’s most controversial figures.

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Verlag: Picador / Henry Holt ; NY, (2007)
ISBN 10: 0312427344 ISBN 13: 9780312427344
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Buchbeschreibung Picador / Henry Holt ; NY, 2007. Buchzustand: Gut. 412 S.; Illustr.; 23 cm; kart. Gutes Ex.; Einband geringfügig berieben; Fußschnitt leicht angeschmutzt. - Englisch. // INHALT : Introduction --- One: Pandora's Box --- Two: Stripped --- Three: Corseted --- Four: Ride Like a Man --- Five: The Pouf Ascendant --- Six: The Simple Life --- Seven: Galled --- Eight: Revolutionary Redress --- Nine: True Colors --- Ten: Black --- Eleven: White --- Afterword: Fashion Victim --- Notes --- Selected Bibliography --- Acknowledgments --- Illustration Acknowledgments --- Index. // "In Queen of Fashion, Caroline Weber's suspenseful, remarkably well-documented, and surprisingly humanizing account of the role style played in Marie Antoinette's fate and legacy, [the author] adds texture, shimmer, and depth to an icon most of us thought we knew already." - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "[A] thrilling frock-by-frock account. While the book is rigorously researched, Weber's narrative style is energetic and alive with her own feminine pleasure at a beautiful dress or an outrageous pouf." -ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (GRADE: A) ; "Her pearl bracelets, jewel-flecked gowns, ruffled skirts, and fur-trimmed headdresses launched a thousand imitators hoping to borrow even a little of her awe-inspiring glamour. Weber's book is an ode to the art of dressmaking at its most fantastic, a heady, gorgeous glimpse into the past Nothing short of stunning." - THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD A "A delightful revelation. This trek in Marie Antoinette's bejeweled slippers turns the callous and frivolous 'cake queen' into a figure of sympathy." - THE PLAIN DEALER (CLEVELAND) "i "A delicious book." - FINANCIALTIMES (U.K.) si "A wonderful display of grace and expertise. [A] great achievement." - THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS "Filled with illustrations and details of every adorned dress and headpiece, this well-researched book charts the rise and fall of a very fashionable queen."- HARPER'S BAZAAR (U.K.) * "A perceptive work of scholarship that helps, in a way, to explain the transcendent importance of fashion to French culture." - THE NEW YORKER. (Verlagstext) ISBN 9780312427344 Wir versenden am Tag der Bestellung von Montag bis Freitag. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 550. Artikel-Nr. 1071251

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