Fashion and Versailles

Fashion and Versailles

by Laurence Benaïm and Catherine Pégard

Hardback Publication Date: 06/02/2018

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From Jackie Kennedy to Rihanna, from the Bal des Débutantes to Dior’s publicity campaigns, from Karl Lagerfeld to Sofia Coppola to Deborah Tuberville, the legendary royal residence of Versailles has inspired countless revolutions in fashion.

An unparalleled seat of power and seduction, Versailles established the world’s first dress codes, linked to the whims of the queens and royal mistresses. Madame de Montespan launched the “innocente” robe that camouflaged pregnancy, Marie-Antoinette was known for her extravagant wigs and giourmand pastel hues, and members of Louis XIV’s court were adorned in beribboned accessories and lavish fabrics.

Since then, fashion at Versailles has been a constant and inexhaustible source of inspiration for designers, photographers, decorators, and directors. Haute couture in the 1950s, for example, launched the cinched-waisted “Neo-Trianon” trend. Karl Lagerfeld used the château’s gardens as the runway for his 2013 cruise collection featuring Versailles- influenced crinoline dresses and brocade jackets.

Today the spirit of Versailles continues to thrive in contemporary fashion, inspiring passions and vocations. This stunning volume showcases the best of fashion set on the exquisite background of the most spectacular palace in the world.

ISBN:
9782080203359
9782080203359
Category:
History of fashion
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
06-02-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Flammarion Ltee
Country of origin:
Canada
Pages:
264
Dimensions (mm):
320.04x248.92x33.02mm
Weight:
1.91kg
Laurence Benaïm

Journalist and fashion writer Laurence Benaim has written many books including Lancel: Parisian Maison Since 1876, Women in Dior: Portraits of Elegance, Dior: The New Look Revolution, and a biography of Yves Saint Laurent.

She created the style supplement for the newspaper Le Monde and has contributed to Vogue and Marie Claire. She is an editorial adviser for Le Figaro.

Catherine Pégard

Catherine Pegard is president of the public establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles.

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