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Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution Paperback – October 2, 2007
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Weber analyzes everything from color to fabric, hair to corsets in this impeccably researched work. She makes the reader conscious of the UNCONSCIOUS messages we send in our clothing, making one rethink the social consequences of an "I'm with Stupid" T-shirt. Making the satorial social and back again, Weber looks at the way in which Marie Antoniette affected her public and the rebellion she was able to mount without saying a word.
Obviously interest in this book will be high due to the Kirsten Dunst movie. However, this book gave me more of a sympathy for the queen who was thrust into the public eye in France and the decisions made by her and for her. It gave me a different picture of a rebellious queen that I couldn't find in the film. A great read for anyone interested in fashion, Marie Antoniette, and the French Revolution.
Weber approaches the queen's life story from a totally unique perspective: what Marie Antoinette chose to wear (and what was chosen for her to wear) at various stages in her life. Weber suggests that her fashion choices reflect her attempts to assert her identity and to gain power in a culture where she was expected to be a passive representative of the throne.
Even before she married the future King of France as a young girl, the Austrian Archduchess was told that her looks and appearance were of the utmost importance. She had to undergo a makeover that included extensive, painful dental work and the powdering of her strawberry blond hair, just for marriage negotiations to continue. As she was handed over by the Austrian entourage to the French, she was stripped naked in a room of strangers and redressed in what was considered to be more appropriate (that is, more French) attire. Right away the young woman knew that fashion was what she was expected to be interested in, and she decided to use it to her advantage. She became a figure that challenged propriety, the roles of women and the nobility in her society through the clothing and hairstyles she wore.Read more ›
1) The note numbers are not links, and there is no simple way to read the endnotes while reading the text. The only way to do so, is to write down the chapter and note numbers and then go to the endnotes section, page through it until locating to the appropriate note. 2) Same goes for illustration (actually, I am not sure if the illustrations are included at all, I have not been able to find them yet--which means that either they are there, and i cannot find them--a problem; or they are not there and the entire visual argument is missing--even bigger problem). 3) Also, page breaks are not indicated anywhere in the text, again diminishing the usefulness of reading for academic purposes (cannot cite to the page number). 4) Additionally, though index is included, the items in it are not linked to the text but rather display page numbers form the paper version of the book, and since those are unavailable in the kindle edition, this makes the index useless (and, no, searching the text does not substitute for the index)
Overall, I find the Kindle edition of this book unusable and will have to go and get a copy from the library to finish reading it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing narrative. Gives a unique view of Marie Antoinette and the tragedy of her lief as viewed from a "fashion" perspective.Published 1 day ago by Michele
A stunning book. Rich in detail. Caroline Weber has a talent for drawing you in. Any history fan would love this addition to their collection!Published 24 days ago by Papa Midnight
As one fashion historian said of this book: "it is a work of fiction." The author incorrectly interprets several aspects of mid 18th century fashion to conclude that Marie... Read morePublished 4 months ago by katie
This is a unique biography of Marie Antoinette. Her clothes were an effort ,and reaction against the formality of the French Court. Read morePublished 5 months ago by libbye
An excellent account of Marie Antoinette's sartorial passages -- very good historical writing about the doomed Queen of France who began as a very young Austrian princess. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Cott
A great book! Wonderful for anyone interested in our dear Marie Antoinette's life. Well researched and presented. I rarely put it down. Loved it! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anna
I read this book and it was so interesting. I used it for a research paper and end it reading it for fun.Published 8 months ago by willis