09.10Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 09.10

September 27, 2010

Versailles: a Bedroom of style

Photo tour!

The Queen's bedroom at Versailles saw its fair share of lady occupants. The style of the furnishings rotated with the fashions, which were kept up for the ladies, naturally.  They could update the decor and commission works for the rooms as they wished.  Today it is left as it was when Marie Antoinette occupied the room. The Guard room is the only room that is in its 17th century state.  This room was occupied by the Queen's guard (twelve body guards).

Versailles: Palace Interior: Queen's Chamber (various views). Versailles (France)
The paintings on the ceiling are by Boucher, made for Marie Leszczinska. The paintings are of Virtues, which represent those virtues held by queens. They are: Fidelity, Charity, Prudence and Generosity. Surely all the ladies whom stayed in this room met the qualifications! I wonder which virtue was each queen's favorite...

The Guard room, Versailles. Chateau Versailles © EPV

Versailles: Palace Interior: Queen's Nobles' Salon Fireplace wall. An antechamber. Marie Antoinette had the room redecorated except for the paintings on the ceiling. Versailles (France) 

Among the famous women to stay in this room were...

Marie-Thérèse, Queen of France.

Charles Beaubrun, Henri Beaubrun the Younger,  Marie-Thérèse, Queen of France. c. 1660, oil on canvas.  Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon

Duchess Maria Anna Victoria of Bavaria

Attributed to Jean François de Troy (1679–1752),  Portrait of Duchess Maria Anna Victoria of Bavaria, known as la Grande Dauphine. After 1690, painting. Location unknown.

Duchesse de Bourgogne

Pierre Gaubert, Portrait of Marie-Adélaïde de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne. 1704, oil on canvas. 
 Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon

Maria Leszczyńska, Queen of France

Alexis Simon Belle,  Maria Leszczyńska, Queen of France, 1730, painting. Unknown location.

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842), La Reine en Gaulle. 1783, oil on canvas. Schloss Wolfsgarte.

September 23, 2010

Famous Libraries: Build your own Marie Antoinette Library

It is nice to have one book shelf (at least) of a treasured books that you love.  Even if you have already read them or just like the way they look, you may find you have your own mini (personal?) library at home.  Perhaps you might find your library more special if you knew some of the same books sat on the shelves in Marie Antoinette's library at her Petit Trianon? If that is the case, than the Famous Libraries post is for you!

In the post I will feature a book that was part of Marie Antoinette's personal library collection at Petit Trianon.  As far as acquiring the titles, if I can help I will post a link, otherwise you are on your own. If you do acquire any, let us know! Post your pictures or comments. I am sure there are reprints to be found out there!

So we will start with a title from her History section:

Warens, Louise Françoise Éléonore de la Tour du Pil, and Amédée Doppet. 1786. Memoires de Madame de Warens, suivis de ceux de Claude Anet.

Where to get it:
Amazon: Mémoires de madame de Warens, suivis de ceux de Claude Anet (French Edition)

September 20, 2010

Art du Jour! Le depart de Monsieur...

Michel Garnier, Le départ de Monsieur de Saint-Marc pour la bataille de Fontenoy, 1788. Oil on canvas.

September 15, 2010

Exciting News We have all been waiting for!

 Did we not just ask for such a thing recently? 

A new TV series to look forward to! ....*drum-roll* ....Versailles!

According to news sources and thanks to a heads up from reader Jessica, it appears the writers of Madmen are teaming up to create a TV series about the court of Louis XIV. You could never know too much about this period or court life, and I have confidence we wont be let down!

Anne Thomopoulos is the executive producer for the new series.  You may recognize her name from Rome, HBO's acclaimed TV series which has been called the most real Rome ever recreated!  This alone ensures the show will be amazing!

Currently partners are being sought "to develop the series."¹  They should reach out to French and Saunders for some 18th century wit. A true sign of the times! Let's create a buzz so a good channel picks it up! I vote for Showtime.

I leave you with:  (still makes me laugh!)

September 13, 2010

Modern Interiors: decorate in a historical way

Heather and I were playing on Polyvore, trying to think of some key peices for an 18th century-inspired room.  Clearly picking up actual antiques is not always possible, so we put together a simple option and a more pricey one.

and Heathers:

What do you think? I really think you could do so much with Heathers amazing set! Do you use Polyvore? Let's share our own 18th century inspired designs here! Post your creations in the comments if you have one!

Sets by:

Miss Honnete

Paul Miller

September 09, 2010

Could it be a redingote reborn?

Hello, lovely frocks.   I found these photos taken by badmomgoodmom, of my absolute favorite gown from Marie Antoinette (2006).  You may recall the scene where she is walking through tall grass at Trianon, in the morning *because she was wearing  straw hat! But let's discuss the garment. If you could get your hands on a similar jacket would you wear it? I am certain I would, it would be so easy to fashion it into a modern styled jacket!

And then I found... this!  If only it were a bit longer!

I am not sure how exactly brocade can be brought back, fashionably, but why not!  This fall jacket clasps in the front, with long sleeves and a cropped front.  The fabric is a deep burgundy (very earthy) with a metallic design through it.  I love the decorative buttons down the front and up the sleeves.  That is the other thing I like, the large cuffs of the sleeves

...Well that is it, I think we can get away wearing our redingotes out this season!

Jacket is not yet available, but when it is you can purchase it here.

September 06, 2010

Masquerade Video! An Update

Gentle Readers,
This version may be more suitable to some... Our main character seems to take on a new fiery temper in this version.  Although the hair styles and frocks have not been improved, it is equally dramatic and fun to watch!
Happy Monday!

September 04, 2010

Dress like it is 1785!

Fashions were changing by the season, but during the later part of the eighties some trends stood out.  The year 1785 saw some styles take off:

Dark, dark, dark! Dresses in shades dark blue were very popular, dark violet and purple hues as well.  Skin-tone could improve in these deep shades.  A color that was perhaps most popular was called Pitch Green. It was (you guessed it!) a blackish-green.

High fashion was not to be mistaken with mourning clothing.  To offset the dark frocks, details of lightweight cotton lace and frill were added, and light ornaments such as buttons.  A popular color for buttons in 1785 was yellow!

To finish the ensemble, pair with white waistcoat or a white accessory. Like wise ribbons in yellow were very 'in'. If nail polish was available they would be wearing Gold Lamé, Black Velvet and an overcoat of Illusion D'Or.

This year in style, powder was out, especially if you had naturally light hair. Want to powder? Try Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder ( Blondish ) , Red, Brunette or White  (we tested this brand on Heather!)

Not enough hair?  Not to worry, you could have always bought a few curls to add volume!

September 01, 2010

Here comes Autumn...Lets get creative!

I was going through some fabulous postcards I have collected over the years and decided they should be displayed...but don't ask me the best way to display them.  This is the reason they have occupied a Nike shoebox forever! Allie (@HistFicChick) had the great idea of finding some cheap second hand frames and using ribbons to hang and accent them on the wall. Very cool.  Another idea I came across was to use 'scrapbook' photo corner inserts and 3M tape to pop them on the wall. Anyone have any other ideas?

On my quest it seemed other people were also in the creative mood.  I have been itching to sew a frock lately (haven't done so in two years!) and it seems other people I talk to have been thinking the same thing. So for all of you who are inspired enough to do so, I found this really interesting website all about making period stays (18th century corsetry anyone?) The site includes the following chapters:

* Chapter 1: Materials
* Chapter 2: The pattern
* Chapter 3: The technique
* Chapter 4: Wear and care
* Chapter 5: Fully-boned stays

Has anyone ever successfully crafted stays? Would love to hear your experiences! I have always been told it is tricky business. Which is why I am so very drawn to haberdashery...