11.11Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 11.11

November 23, 2011

America, Asia and Europe represented by ladies

Amerique (dressed print). French late 17th Century, Paper; engraved; hand-colored; with fabric added; mounted on wood.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Very cool historic artworks of continents, personified!


November 21, 2011

A Queen's First Appearance or Marie Antoinette's hair



One of the most tragic figures of the 18th century was the young French queen Marie Antoinette, who only lived to be 37 years old. The beginning of her career as queen was also the beginning of her career as a fashion icon in Europe. Marie Antoinette was making major fashion decisions as early as the coronation of her husband, Louis Auguste in 1775. At just nineteen years old, Marie Antoinette had an important decision to make: what to wear!


November 14, 2011

Books on the 18th Century

Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Music Library. Oil on two panels, 1720. Biblioteca musicale 'G.B. Martini' di Bologn.

Did you know that I have an awesome library taking over my living room full of books all about the 18th century? It is awesome and overwhelming all at once!


November 09, 2011

Marie Antoinette's birthday giveaway winners!


Thank you all for entering my Marie Antoinette Birthday giveaway! The lucky winners are:


November 08, 2011

Outside of Versailles: November in the Fields

Master of the Months of Lucas, November. Tapestry, 1731-1743.

I love this early eighteenth century tapestry and wish I had a color image to share!


November 04, 2011

The origin of 18th century fashion by an anti-fashionista


The 18th century author of Origin of the Whale Bone Petticoat believed the fashions were created simply based on female pride, greed and vanity.


November 02, 2011

Marie Antoinette's Birthday, let's have a giveaway!


It is that time of year again, Marie Antoinette's birthday! 256 years ago today the lady was born in Austria.  Twenty years later she was having fabulous parties to celebrate in France.  Really, is there any better time for a giveaway? So read on and enter my Birthday giveaway and of course *passes champagne*