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The title of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution is somewhat misleading, because this book isn't about fashion in the narrow sense of clothing. There are descriptions of Marie Antoinette's luxurious outfits and of the styles she promoted (like the Rousseauesque country muslin dress, the gaulle). But the author discusses a whole range of courtly styles and habits and shows how Marie Antoinette attempted to assert her individuality in this constrained sphere that was allowed her.

Marie Antoinette arrived as a teenager at a Versailles molded by Louis XIV's intention to keep his nobility at court, under his watchful eye. He and his successor, Louis XV, distracted the nobles from politics with convoluted and recondite ceremonies that left them competing for favors like being allowed to hand the queen her chemise. In this atmosphere, the color of a ribbon or who was invited to go hunting on a particular day took on fatal importance. It was within this ritualized and confining world that Marie Antoinette attempted to achieve some measure of personality, privacy, and happiness by taking up riding astride rather than sidesaddle and wearing the outlandish pouf hairstyle, to name a few of her small rebellions.

But this strategy of selfexpression backfired when "Madame Deficit" became famous for her extravagant expenditures, for powdering her hair with flour during a famine, and for clothing herself in the colors of her family of origin, the German Habsburgs. She had mastered the style and etiquette of Versailles but never learned to manage her public persona in the face of Revolution and imperiled her family through her missteps.

The book is a sympathetic biography of Marie Antoinette, approaching her as a victim of dynastic politics who achieves a certain maturity only to get lost in a situation that is unfathomable to her. The author, a professor at Barnard, writes in a lively style for what is essentially an academic book and doesn't get bogged down in microdefining the parameters of her subject. More than fashion, the ultimate subjects of the book are image and public personae; the history of a bizarre kind of court etiquette; and the horrifying disorientation of the Revolution as experienced by "la cidevant reine." While this book is not perfect, it points out that clothing is a method of communication which greatly affects human interaction. Even today, in a less charged atmosphere than the French court, what we choose to wear (or not wear) says a lot about our social, economic, political and religious affiliations.

I feel that a lot of the book was a stretchthe brandnew Dauphine notices a tapestry of Jason and Medea, calls it a "bad omen" for a wedding, and we assume that it plants in her mind the idea to manipulate fashion for power? Yeah, probably not.

A lot of it plays on themes that are more familiar to historical costumers than historiansthe heavy, traditional formal court dress against which Antoinette rebelled; allowing Rose Bertin (a commoner dressmaker) into the Queen's private chambers for fashion advice; the public's shock at the famous 1783 chemise portrait, etc. But this is good, because serious academic historians need to sit up and take note of fashion's influence on history (and not just in the context of the French Revolution, though fashion probably has a greater impact in unstable times). Fashion is another language, and academics would do well to search it out and take it as seriously as they take their written documents.

Anyway, that's my two cents. It was an engaging narrative, even if I believe that some of it was a little forced. A tip of my chapeau to Ms. Weber. Don't be put off by the seemingly frivolous title: this is a superb, academic (almost 100 pages of endnotes and a long bibliography) yet highly readable account of Marie Antoinette and her life at Versailles, full of insight and fascinating detail. I loved it and am now reading it for the second time. From the masculine equestrian outfits that made her Louis XV's favorite, to the regal counterrevolutionary gowns in green and violet that exposed her as an enemy of the state, Marie Antoinette's fashion statements were always unfailingly both fabulous and controversial. In Queen of Fashion, Caroline Weber paints a comprehensive portrait of the fashion icon, from Dauphine until death. Weber is not only a brainy Barnard scholar, but also a fashion connoisseur herself, and her fastidiously researched political fashion memoir satisfied both my inner Vogue subscriber and my inner history nerd.

Anyone who's watched Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette as many times as I have can easily rattle off the basics of her biography: born an Austrian, Marie Antoinette disavowed her native country in a political alliance with France to become its eventual Queen. A newcomer to the highly ritualized and chic court at Versailles, she navigated her tepid political reception as a suspect foreigner in the best way she knew howin impeccable style. And although it all started out as fun and games, eventually it cost the Autrichienne her head on the guillotine. From her powdered, skyhigh hairdos to her divine selection of costly satin footwear, Marie Antoinette won over her adoring public at first, but quickly became a lightning rod for criticism of the French monarchy’s decadence during a national economic recession (... sound familiar?).

Weber takes her time cataloging the earlier, more playful era of Marie Antoinette’s youthful fashion exploits: her androgynous redingotes ("riding coats") and her architectural "poufs" that popularized towering ladies' hairstyles in commemorative shapes such as naval ships and gigantic birds in flight. Did you know that legislation was introduced to raise the standard height of a Parisian doorway to accommodate the hairstyles' extra footage? But these playful themes take a somberalbeit fascinating tone in the latter half of Weber’s book, as she traces the onslaught of political tumult through the headwear of the ladies of Paris. From the hat "au collier de la Reine" that signaled disapproval of Marie Antoinette’s role in the scandalous Diamond Necklace Affair, to the bonnet "a la Bastille" that celebrated the pivotal revolutionary prisonsiege, to the royalist "coiffure a la Reine" that belied fatal counterrevolutionary monarchist sympathies, Parisian women expressed the changing political tides via what they wore on their heads.

Page after page, Caroline Weber captivated me with arcane facts and insights into the symbolic weight of ladies’ fashions during a period of political upheaval. As a scholar first and fashionista second, she drew me into the political saga of the French Revolution, but always faithfully brought it right back around to fashion and the ways womenespecially Marie Antionetteleveraged their power by what they chose to wear on their bodies. Ultimately, Marie Antionette was the consummate 'Fashion Victim,' and ended her life with "the most brilliant fashion statement of her political career." What was it? You’ll have to read the book to find out! I don't think anything could get better than this. An analysis of Marie Antoinette's life through her spectacular clothing. Weber explains how what Marie wore could function as a social and political statement, and the dresses and descriptions of the gorgeous gowns are clothes porn at its very finest. Super engrossing and detailed view of how fashion influenced and impacted Marie Antoinette's entire political life in France. It's a narrow view of the French Revolution, but that narrow view helps to make a incredibly vast and complicated topic more tangible, I think. 1 star taken off for clunky/offensive references to individuals who didn't conform to thenstandard gender presentation, though. Weber explains how fashion made political and social statements. I found it interesting how the history and personality of a person can be reflected in fashion so much. The author also takes up the problems that the young Marie Antoinette faced when she came to France. Fashion helped her to be regarded by the royal family and the people as the rightful queen of France. Weber shows very well how her rise predicted her demise. 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Beyond the stretches of imagination the author dots this book with and the toooften callbacks to Marie Antoinette's past in the later chapters, Weber does a great job presenting history from a perspective often neglected, although I do wish I knew more of the fashion terms used in the book to better visualize exactly what the Queen of Fashion wore (but that's on me). 3.5

Fashion was a huge thing for Marie Antoinette. I mean, she pioneered quite a bit. Not just the huge hairdos and dresses, but also a simplistic look that she took from the poor around her. Now, I do agree that fashion is very political. You can make a huge statement with it, and it's been used in that way for years upon years. Look at political rhetoric today. You can still see it. "Who are you wearing?" That's the forever question.

However, I side with this: Marie Antoinette just wasn't smart enough to really make a political statement. Sure, she wore things for important eventslike those insane hairdos with ships and stuff on topbut I don't really think she cared. Is this important news? Yes! Let's do it. I don't really think her conscious thought was to make a statement. She loved looking pretty, and perhaps later when she got a bit more political, which was towards the end of her life, she took more of a thought to it, but not much.

Besides that, a good book. Interesting, even though I know jack about this century's fashion besides what Marie Antoinette did. I do wish there were more pictures of her outfits. For me, the most interesting part was the revolutionary's propaganda pictures. I could read a whole book about that, because they made her fashion political. Not Marie herself.