Marie Antoinette was young, tall, blonde and beautiful and she set fashion trends through France and Europe. Her flip remark, "Let them eat cake" (attributed to her, but never confirmed) was the spark that ignited the French Revolution.
Today, we simply cannot get enough of "Marie".
She became Queen of France while still a teen. Her excessive fashions for high headdresses, plumes and voluminous dresses were subject to public
comment, admiration and ridicule.
To escape the formalities, boredom, and royal obligations of court, Marie-Antoinette created a private realm of pleasure for herself and her friends at the Petit Trianon, a small retreat palace on the grounds of Versailles, and Hameau, where she planted the first Anglo-Chinese garden; collected all species of antique roses; and revolutionized architecture and gardening trends.
So why do we love Marie Antoinette today? All her extravagance, her life of excess, her hairstyles that were larger than life, her reported love of pastries and champagne (some truth and some fiction as Marie was a teetotaler) all create for us a time and place
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