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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Marie, mon cheri....

Marie Antoinette has become a real inspiration to designers, mixed media artists and shoppers in general...She also inspired Sofia Coppola to make in 2006, this full of eye candy movie:

I don't know if is the pink, or the glitter, or the glam, or the oh la la! dresses that attracts us to her, but one thing is for sure: these days Marie smiles at us from gift tags and jewelry, from tea towels and sweet altered pieces...

Gift Tags by Priscilla at Flea Market Queen

Shadow Box by Dee Akers

"Marie" Doll by Christine Rose

"Altered Marie Doll" by Gina of Lilly*s of London*ish

Intrigued by everything Marie, I decided to do some research. Here are some interesting facts I learned about our "Muse":

She was born in 1755 in Austria.
She was child #15!! (and favorite) of Marie Therese, Queen of Austria.
She was married at age 15 to whom later became King Louis XVI of France.
Antoinette and Louis were unable to have sex and their marriage went unconsummated for seven years.
Marie Antoinette was not only bored with her husband, but her position and its duties.
Marie set fashion trends through France and Europe.
The Queen spent lavishly on her dress and adornments, exceeding annually her clothing allowance, this habit gave her the "Madame Deficit" or "Queen of Debt" nicknames.
She had 4 children (Husband got his little problem fixed) and she became a very dedicated Mother.
She died on October of 1793. She was executed by guillotine..(Not everything in life is tres chic!)

She has been attributed (but never confirmed) the phrase "Let them eat cake..." translation of the French phrase "qu'ils mangent de la brioche." Although it should be noted that brioche is actually a type of highly enriched bread, rather than any type of dessert or confection...

Like any other political figure, Marie has admirers and detractors. We certainly enjoy all the girly stuff we get from her. If you haven't seen the movie, go ahead and rent it. You'll love the costumes, the jewelry and the furniture!! You will also say "Vive Marie!" and "Vive la France!"

Au revoir, mon amies!


The French Bear said...

I love everything about Marie Antoinette. I am working on a doll that I started a long time ago, now after seeing your beautiful pictures I am inspired to finish her!!! Thank you for sharing your Marie pictures.
Margaret B

starrynightimpressions said...

I don't know why, but I'm drawn to her also!! Maybe it's the french part of me?
Merci beaucoup,for the lovely post!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

They were so young with so much responsibility (when you do the research). But, the movie was just gorgeous. Perfect for a set and wardrobe fanatic like me.

Jennifer said...

Great Post, a new magazine is hitting the stands right now called Marie Antoinette. I have a small add, hopefully it will drive some traffic with a diva like Marie.

Debby - Romancing the Bling said...

Hello...I am new toyour site. Thank you for the kind welcome and for visiting my Blog and Etsy Shop. You sweet comments made my day!
I love Marie also...it must be her spectacular wardrobe and of course, her exquisite jewelry from that era...love the bling!

Have a great day...

Romancing the Bling

Gina2424 said...

Thank you for featuring my Marie. I'm told I have another Marie in Somerset Studio Gallery Summer 2009. I can't wait to get my hands on the Marie magazine either!

Debbi said...

thanks for sharing Marcela! I never did know hte whole story about her until now~

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

I'm intruiged... I have to go rent the movie. Love the post. Thanks for your research info Marcela.

The Pink Door said...

j'adore le beau Marie Antoinette..she just had amazing style and taste! Oh what I would do to go back in time and have tea with her and play dress up ;)

Back Through Time said...

I can really see why everyone finds her so fascinating!!

Gina2424 said...

I blogged about this blog!

Little Lovables said...

Love Marie... though the the "cake" statement is false and it always bugs me when I see it

"It was said 100 years before her time by Marie-Therese, the wife of Louis XIV.