You gotta love it…
What is not to love about the French Revolution? No, seriously, what is not to love? Except for the whole cutting heads off thing and the battle and the deaths and everything, which was a struggle we’ll always remember, but the story (-more like reality, as it was something that actually happened…) is so fulfilling, the poor win over the rich and the smell of revenge reeks through the streets. No one can be trusted, not even your own shadow…The cries of death ringing through every ear *Muaahahhaahaa!* It’s so haunting and terrifyingly exciting…Just everything to do with the Revolution is cool: ‘The Red Necklace’ and ‘The Silver Blade’- books, by Sally Gardener: probably my favorite books EVER- amazing and engrossing. Then there’s those vintage-looking dresses (like the one below, from Topshop) that have, what I call, ‘revolutionary print’ on them, in a victorious royal blue.
Then there’s the film ‘Marie Antoinette’ directed by the amazing Sofia Coppola, starring the star-striking Kirsten Dunst, of ‘The Virgin Suicides’ (DUH): in which fashions a portrait of Marie Antoinette’s scandalous, but totally fabulous life set to a soundtrack of post-punk music. After being sick of troubles and knowing she only has only little freedom left she throws herself into spending, partying and pampering herself to excess. The film, set in the Chateau of Versailles is a flutter of lush rebellion, gleaming jewels, bustling gowns and Manolo Blahnik-designed shoes. The style and complete class of the way the rich lived was sad, but intriguing. They had such flattering sense of fashion (ok I’m talking about the film now) Flowers entwined into exquistely large wigs, beautiful intricate scented fans, feathers, lace, golden encrusted corsets, pearl-embedded chokers and floral, swooping floor length dresses, it’s oh-so couture, don’t you think? And then after this ‘French Revolution’ film there’s: ‘Farewell My Queen’ with the gorgeous upcoming actor Lea Seydoux and the classic Diana Kruger, which I must see, but I’d rather not talk about that at this very moment…
And what was the inspiration of this post? Why did my sudden realisation that all to do with the French Revelution is cool? Well, because of this amazing shoot by vogue, of course…The delicate extravagance of the shoot is just so perfect: the gowns, the hair, the wigs, the soft lighting filtering in, the dense sunsets, the breathtaking surroundings, the clean beauty of Kirsten Dunst- it just all comes together like a jigsaw puzzle very powerfully…The gowns, some made escpecially for vogue are so extraordinary it’s beautiful- the colours, the structure, the composition, the exuberance: Annie Leibovitz is a remarkable photographer I must say…Vogues reveiw on it is absolutely amazing!
^A GILDED CAGE^
Kirsten Dunst was photographed at the peristyle of the Grand
Trianon at the Château de Versailles in a corseted pink-and-dove
taffeta-and-chiffon ball gown by Alexander McQueen.
Louis XVI, played by Jason Schwartzman (at rear), and his wife
(Dunst, in pale blue) hold court at a late-night gambling party. The
queen’s lover, Axel von Fersen (played by Jamie Dornan, front
left), watches longingly from afar. Shot in Paris at the Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Hôtel de Soubise—where many of the movie’s interiors were
filmed. The sumptuous costumes were created by Milena Canonero and the wigs by Rocchetti. Set design by Jean Hughes de Chatillon.
^WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?^
The stars stroll in the Hall of Mirrors. This Voguephoto shoot was the first authorized by the Château de Versailles in 25 years.
Here, in the park at Versailles, the couple returns home after attending a masked ball in Paris with her clique, the Private Society.
^THE POWER AND THE GLORY^
Here, the couple looks out over the palace’s parterre and the Fountain of Latona.
^A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS^
Here, by the Grand Canal at Versailles, the heroine of Coppola’s movie wears a Chanel Haute Couture “Petit Trianon” lace dress with tulle rosettes, made just for Vogue.
Here, Dunst wears an Oscar de la Renta chine-taffeta gown created for Vogue.
^GOD SAVE THE QUEEN^
The 24-year-old actress wears a Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière pale-blue jacquard quilted, hand-painted, and embroidered dress created for Vogue.
^LONELY AT THE TOP^
Dunst ascends the One Hundred Steps leading to the Orangerie in a Dior Couture by John Galliano dress of black aluminum foil covered in organza, ruched into undulating bubbles, made just for Vogue…
Thrill-seeking royals partied at the Château de Stores, northwest of Paris, where two bears, a gift from the Russian czar, lived in this cave. The star wears a flounced cotton-and-silk pannier dress made for her by Rochas, Paris…
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, September 2006, styled by Grace Coddington taking inspiration from the film…