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October 13, 2010

The Ideal Gift for any Lady of Quality


Marie Antoinette set many fashion standards, as we all know so well, with the help of Rose Bertin.  The woman became a household name, her shop, Le Grand Mogol in Paris, infamous.  The façade was done up in marble and inside featured portraits of the royal queens of Europe and beyond (if they were clients of Mdm Bertin!) If you weren't convinced her shop was the place to be, the new gowns on display would have done the trick!

Two rooms of her shop held her designs, and customers could browse and choose what they liked.  She owned the upstairs of the shop, as well, where her employees worked.  She employed thrirty seamstresses who worked adding the flowers, ruffles, ribbons, lace and trim to all the custom orders that were received.

This dressmaker, if you will, was well known to dabble in haberdashery, and her hats were truly a big seller.  She designed hats for all occasions and had them displayed at her shop.  If you were in the market for a hat, you could visit her store and be shown up to thirty unique hats at once!

One reason the hats were so in demand was their affordable price.  Although they were still pricey, in comparison with a Bertin gown, it was quite manageable.  Fashionable women with smaller annual incomes would do just as well to have three Rose Bertin hats than one gown.

Her hats also became popular gifts for men to buy for ladies.  There was no sizing or worries about color.  At Mdm Bertin's shop, gentlemen could only be sold items that were at the height of fashion, so ladies could rest assured the gift would be perfect every time.
11 comments
Irene said...

What a wonderful post! I loved it, thank you!

cecilia said...

Adoro Maria Antonietta.

Heather Carroll said...

I'd be a lady with an original Bertin hat. My wardrobe just dapples in designers but can't fully commit!

Madane Constant said...

Aren't they lovely! Please, what is the source of the painting below and to the right of the MA photo? I would definitely wear that. Katherine Louise

Lauren said...

@Madane Constant Info on the painting

Madame Constant said...

Oh my, isn't she amazing! I adore her and her entire outfit. Do you think she'd let me borrow it? Katherine Louise

Anonymous said...

I think there should be a TV series or a movie about Rose Bertin! I am super curious about whats inside her mind. I wonder no one wrote a book about her...hmmm... inneresting...

Lauren said...

@Anonymous There are only a few I know of! Always seeking more!

'Rose Bertin Ministre des modes de Marie Antoinette (Rose Bertin)' by Michelle Sapori

'Rose Bertin, the creator of fashion at the court of Marie-Antoinette' by Emile Langlade

Gossip Girl said...

LOVE THIS! I pin flowers to headbands and necklaces. It gives a cute, preppyish look..especially with the headbands. so adorable!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! From what painting was that second picture? I recall seeing it somewhere...

Lauren said...

@Anonymous Thanks! It is a detail take from "A Fashionably Dressed young Woman in the Arcade of the Palais Royal"

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