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October 05, 2010

Exhibition: Tyranny of Beauty

Marie Antoinette is "the height of sophistication," to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac who spoke about his recent exhibition to the Straits Times.  In Castelbajac's current exhibition: Tyranny of Beauty he aims to
"disembody Marie-Antoinette and turn her into a 21st century woman."
Heather recently posted on the show and all the reasons you may want to check it out!  I want to share a work from the show that you may be interested in....

This particular work of art features three busts of Marie Antoinette.  The question he asked:
What would a plastic surgeon recommend for Marie Antoinette today?

Castelbajac has created three different designs, if you will, each from a different cultural point of view: French, American and Russian.

The French makeover keeps the long forehead, but reduces the size of her lips, while keeping a very similar nose.  The American prescription minimizes the nose and lifts the eyes, while the Russian look features enhanced cheekbones and jawline with a petite nose.

 (1 French, 2 American, 3 Russian)

What do you think of his creations?  Would Marie Antoinette go for any of these looks?  Will you be checking out the exhibition Tyranny of Beauty?

5 comments

  1. Both 1 and 2 look remarkably like Anna Wintour. Can't see MA wanting to emulate that!

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  2. Marie Antoinette was so beautiful... I don't think she would have changed anything in her face. Maybe her body, when she gained some weight after her first pregnancy and the years before the revolution.

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  3. One things for sure, I don't see her having gone for any of those wigs.

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  4. I agree with mistress Boleyn, those wigs were awful, I've never been one for short hair.
    If I had to choose a look, it would be the Russian, but I do not believe that Marie-Antoinette would have approved of any of them ;D

    But kudos to the artist anyways, because it is a fun idea, and nice work done.

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  5. she would've wanted a dentist more than a plastic surgeon...

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