Wednesday, 29 November 2017

HOW HAS MARIE ANTOINETTE INSPIRED FASHION TODAY?




Mary Antoinette was the last Queen before the French Revolution. She was most famous for not only her "gravity-defying" hair which was often up to four feet high accessorised with all sorts of trinkets but her continuous life of scandal. Her scandals such as; fritherless spending, high treason, sexual promiscuity and incestuous relations with her son enraged the French public which is partly to blame for the French revolution. Despite the negative connotations of the Queen, she has become a cultural icon and has influenced many designer houses, music artists and high street stores.  


DESIGNERS:

CHANEL: 
In 2013, Chanel embodied Marie Antoinette in the Queen's former home of Versailles for their Cruise collection. Karl Lagerfeld gave his models their own 'beauty marks' which were small Chanel logos on the models faces. The models were also finished in a variety of pastel coloured wigs and the signature pink blush of Antoinette. 

BALENCIAGA:  
This Spring/Summer 2006 collection was also inspired by Marie Antoinette. The collection was provocative but included details such as full skirts and full lace looks which embody Antoinette. 

FENTY X PUMA: 
Mary Antoinette was a huge inspiration behind Rihanna's Fenty x Puma Spring/Summer 2017 capsule collection. The collection included corseted waistlines, doily-lace trims and brocade embroidery. The Queen's extravagance and sense of style has inspired many of Rihanna's other collections. 

MUSIC: 

Mary Antoinette has become a cultural icon and has been used as inspiration for many music videos and has been referenced in multiple songs throughout time. Madonna dressed as her for her 1990 MTV VMA's performance of 'Vogue.' Girls Aloud released their music video for 'Can't Speak French' in 2008 where they wear elaborate wigs and extravagant costumes popularised by Marie Antoinette. The most recent music video inspired by Marie Antoinette is Katy Perry's latest single 'Hey, Hey, Hey' which is the music video which inspired this blog post. Its not only music videos that reference Mary Antoinette, she is also referenced in lyrics demonstrated in Queen's song 'Killer Queen.' 



HIGH STREET: 
Due to the fact Marie Antoinette has become such a part of modern day culture, her inspiration has filtered down from the runway. The referencing of the queen in music videos has inspired a generation of lace, frills and corsets. This is so evident in almost every high-street store. The trend has even creeped into menswear demonstrated in the Erdem and H&M collection in which the flute collars similar to the ones above are showcased. 


THANK YOU 

CLAYTON EVANS

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