Let them eat cake.


Marie Antoinette, previously Queen of France absolutely loved shoes and cake… what girl doesn’t?

Directed by Sofia Coppola who is known for her original screenplays including Lost In Translation, the film is based loosely on the impulsive and luxurious lifestyle of Marie Antoinette during the run up to the French Revolution. Costume designer Milena Canonero found herself with a golden statuette at the Oscars in 2006 after winning an award for Best Costume Design and understandably so, the costume and styling in the film is beyond impressive.


Expressing her diva personality throughout the film, you may notice that this charming queen was a fashionista, a risk taker with an equal amount of courage showcasing her love for fashion due to her young age and obvious dislike to the traditional lifestyle of royalty. To prevent becoming bored, she does what she wants and spends what she wants, a rebellious queen with a love for new clothes.

The use of pastel colours in the costumes throughout the film are noticeable including baby pink, duck egg blue and mint green… ice-cream shades if you will, which match the interiors of the house and even the variety of cakes and macaroons herself and her friends indulge in. Not surprisingly, the clothes ooze volume with the use of puffy sleeves and wide oval shaped skirts which exaggerate the hips and are draped in silky fabric… it was obvious that Marie Antoinette was royalty. Every tiny detail of an outfit matched, colour and pattern wise – the colours of the floral pattern would coincide with the colours in the headwear, which in turn matched the colour of the purse… everything in the film is perfectly coordinated.

Lace petticoats, long silk gowns with a low-cut bodice shows the conventional look of a queen with a slightly provocative and flirtatious side which was unusual and caused controversy with many but proved she was one of a kind. I mean, during the film she rocks a pair of pastel blue Converse trainers, although unrealistic it symbolises the expressive clothing she wore and the originality she exuded.


A surprising moment in the film is during a ball in which Marie is draped in black – a one-off moment full stop and to make the look that much edgier it’s netted fabric which gives off a slightly gothic look and a matching black feather placed in her electric-shock-like hair.

The film made such an impact on the fashion world that it featured Dunst on the cover of Vogue magazine in which she wears a pink silk gown designed by Alexander McQueen and tells readers how it felt to wear the creative gowns – “You breathe differently in those dresses; you move in a special way.”

Check out the trailer for Marie Antoinette on our YouTube channel below.

Have you seen it? Don’t you wish you could own those beautiful gowns?

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