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I like chucking virtual parties, so, erm, here is one.. with a Marie Antoinette theme of course! Come in costume as someone from Antoinette's family or the extended court. We will be consuming (virtual) food appropriate to the court and the era later in the evening!

*wanders in dressed as the Comte de Provence*

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I'm Marie Antoinette, and I don't care if I'm a guy! And I brought all those lovely pastries from the Coppola movie!

*Wanders in dressed in the Blue dress with red belt from the 2006 movie*


Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:23 am
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Heh well I am a girl and I came as Provence .. maybe it could be a drag party :D

Love your dress! Careful you don't spill anything on it. Cleaning all those dresses must have been a nightmare .. my guess is that they didn't GET cleaned very often ;). Maybe they just aired them instead.

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They aired them and added perfume-profuse amounts! :lol:


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LOL yes I can imagine ;). I suppose that if everyone's clothes smelt rather musty , though, then people didn't tend to notice. Plus I would imagine that Royalty had rather a LOT of clothes and so might only wear a particular dress once in a while .. I don't know really. Anyone know how many dresses Anoinette had? I know she was a fan of the dressmaker Rose Bertin who apparently charged a small fortune.

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Well, Marie Antoinette's bridal trousseu cost 400,00 livres, which today would be $1,200,000 American! And one dress would cost, what, 1000 livres, so that means she had 400 gowns when she came to France, and she probably got 500 dresses and threw away 100 dresses almost ever year for the rest of her life, so she probably had a constant wardrobe of 1000+ dresses throughout her life. I could, of course, be wrong! :oops:


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That sounds like a huge amount, where would they all have been kept?

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Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:50 am
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Marie Antoinette used to give her dresses to her ladies. Since these could not wear them, it would not be suitable in the court, these clothes were sold.

That's for part of this "huge amount".

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I find it sad, poignant and, in a way, astounding, that so little of Marie Antoinette's wardrobe has survived. You'd think people would have wanted keepsakes - even fragments of fabric and the like. I guess it was difficult and even dangerous to keep these large dresses, but who knows, maybe one day someone will find a treasure in their attic....

Anyway, I've swung right off topic. I'm coming to the party in puce velvet, with the Spanish Riding School on my head. :wink:

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LOL welcome and come right in! *hands out delicacies on little China plates*

How much of her clothing actually does survive? I was in a museum the other day and there was an exhibit of clothing from the period - English - which was quite fascinating.

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Not much at all.

*Pops open a bottle of champaigne*


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Aren't you a bit young for that? ;). Although perhaps there wasn't a legal drinking age at the time so we'll turn a blind eye...

Was Antoinette much of a drinker, do we know? I presume that alcohol would have flowed fairly freely at the Court but did she imbibe herself?

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No, Marie Antoinette did not drink alcohol. That's one of the inaccuracies about the Coppola film which rankle with so many. And as for the champagne glass thing....

I'll have a small glass of red please....

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I am not a fan of red myself but I suppose this IS a party ;). *pours you a glass*

What about Louis? I have heard an account of his breakfast which included I think champagne in it but that probably wasn't as unusual at that era as it would be considered today (not to mention I dunno if that was his everyday breakfast or just one specific one).

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Louis-Charles notes in another post :
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know that the only Bertin's dress having belonged to Marie-Antoinette, although she never carried it, is preserved at the vault of "Notre Dame de Montflières" in Abbeville. This dress had been given by Marie-Antoinette in 1778 when she was pregnant. This dress of Rose Bertin is the only one which remains to us...
There is a topic already established here 'Marie Antoinette's Clothing'


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