Marie Antoinette – A scandalous party queen – and also an extrovert social butterfly, a mother and a queen of fashion who loved enjoying life to the fullest
I wanted to write about Marie Antoinette now that it’s Halloween very soon. You can get inspiration from this article to arranging The Halloween Masquerade Ball of The Decade… (Just copy her style, taste, passions and attitude…)
She was known of her extravagant and very luxurious lifestyle, extrovert personality (she loved hanging out with her friends and having parties, while her husband, the king, did not so much), and, her love for fashion, enjoyments, indulgences, luxuries, parties and fun.
Marie Antoinette, who was born in November 2, 1755, was an Archduchess of Austria from 1755 to 1770 (this is the title she was born into), a Dauphine of France from 1770 to 1774 and the last Queen of France and of Navarre from 1774 to 1792.
She was the most scandalous party girl of her time no doubt about it – and also her extravagant taste in fashion created a style for whole new generations of young women to come.
But she was also just a bubbling personality who loved social life, enjoying life … and also spending lovely time with her kids in her idyllic countryside cottage…
At first Marie Antoinette was a young girl who got married unwillingly to an equally young man, Louis XVI of France – both teenagers, who barely knew each other’s. Soon they were the teenage king and queen of France and lived in the magnificent palace of Versailles.
Their marriage was pretty loveless but they did enjoy life being royals and having everything they could ever want.
The royal couple lived in the magnificent palace of Versailles, outside Paris.
Versailles is a huge palace with equally huge gardens, parks and lakes – and even countryside meadows and farm cottages are included in the palace’s area (made personally for Marie Antoinette as she wanted something idyllic and down to earth after having kids)
They were greatly loved and admired by the nation – maybe because they were so young and fresh, maybe because they represented hope and new times for the nation, maybe because they were beautiful and lived a fairytale life, maybe because they did something right…
Marie Antoinette learned to love and enjoy the extravagant, luxurious lifestyle of royals. She loved hanging out with her like-minded friends and indulging herself with priceless luxury gowns and fabrics, fashion designs made for her, delicacies, desserts and fine cuisine, amazing jewelry, gorgeous shoes and spa-type of treatments. She used to sleep long, sometimes till midday.
Most of all Marie Antoinette loved dressing her best and going out to social gatherings and parties of upper class, and, to depraved and wild masquerade parties…
She went to those parties without her husband, with her friends. Those masquerade parties of the upper class and royals that Marie Antoinette participated in, became famous nationwide for their sinful events, extravagant luxury, tables bending of delicacies, gourmet foods and champagne, indulgences and depraved, wild atmosphere (everything was allowed in those parties, including sexual encounters).
The masquerade parties were full of upper class dressed in most luxurious, gorgeous, imaginative and extravagant gowns and costumes, jewelry decorated masks and jewelry. They were thrown in Opera Hall of Paris – the gorgeous “cream cake” building in middle of the city. The Opera Hall was luxuriously decorated with gold and velvet, chandeliers, candles, champagne fountains, tons of delicious foods, desserts, candies and cakes, and, amazing-looking people who just wanted to let it loose and get a little crazy, have intimate encounters and drink, eat and party like crazy…
There was music, fun, sinful secret encounters and people having the time of their lives.
Marie Antoinette was one of them. She thought she was in safe and unrecognizable with her mask, but she was too stunning not to be recognized. She was said to have intimate encounters in those parties, and for sure she had at least one lover, a Swedish aristocrat, that she met in those parties.
Even the champagne glasses that they started using in these parties and built gorgeous champagne fountains from them – were created based on the looks of her breasts. (She had very giving, sexy gowns.)
The other important role and love for Marie Antoinette was her kids.
The young king and queen had a loveless, non-passionate marriage, regardless that Marie Antoinette got really worried of not having the kids she was expected to have, and doing everything she could to seduce her husband more. Ultimately they did get pregnant after serious discussions from the queen’s family. After their first child, Marie Therese Charlotte de Bourbon, they got yet 2 boys and 1 girl, altogether 4 kids.
After they got their first child, Marie Antoinette’s most important role and love of her life was her daughter – and when they got more kids, she mostly dedicated her time to them and being with them.
Especially she loved to spend time in the luxury countryside cottage (nearby the palace) with her kids. She did have parties then too and met with her lover but mostly she was with her kids.
Family life and kids may have calmed down the queen but she with her husband still loved luxuries and extravagant lifestyle so much that it ultimately started to turn against them in a poor nation. Marie Antoinette also continued her luxury lifestyle of leisure and indulgences and occasional partying and the depraved masquerade parties, which was another reason why the nation turned against her. In that sense times have certainly not changed.
There was then, and still is very much growingly I think, jealousy and that needy thinking of blaming others for your destiny, poor living and obstacles like you couldn’t take responsibility of your own life. So the nation of France turned against them slowly but certainly – mostly, if not solely, because of their lifestyle.
They spent too much money and had too luxurious lifestyle in a poor nation. Marie Antoinette’s wild partying habits and masquerade balls caused a lot of hate too and the people really started hating her, when they previously had admired and loved her.
When the actual revolution happened, the royal family escaped from Versailles in middle of night because of the rage of the huge masses of people that were right outside the palace. Ultimately the masses took over the palace.
Later they got caught on and imprisoned.
Both of them were beheaded – first the king, and, later Marie Antoinette after public humiliation.
She would have wanted to wear some of her fine gowns during execution, and also during her prison time , but she couldn’t as she was forced to wear a poor woman’s, a maid’s, dress at all times.
Marie Antoinette’s destiny was completely and utterly unfair (as was the one of her husband’s too).
Basically she lost (and her husband too) her life because of her lifestyle and love of luxuries. They spent money all right. But can you blame them…? They didn’t alone drive the nation to bankruptcy.
Can you imagine what this could mean in today’s world..?
You would get executed for spending too much money and loving too much luxuries when most of the people in your country are poor or middle class. They would basically blame YOU of their issues and the nation’s problems publicly. I’m so glad people have come to at least some sense over these two centuries regarding this (but lost much more sense in so many other things…)
To me she’s a great inspiration from the past times – on how to really live your life (based on the fact that you MAY have only one life to live – so live it to the fullest!); Marie Antoinette was a woman who enjoyed life, and lived her life, to the fullest, proudly and “without shame” regardless that she irritated a lot of people.
Even before her execution she said her famous line “Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?”
What bad did she honestly do? NOTHING.
..Nothing except spending money and living a little too extravagant lifestyle that would have suited to the nation’s taste!
But for one – she didn’t murder anyone, nor was her husband too bloodthirsty either.
For an example, let’s compare her to one equally very famous Queen, who lived about 200 years prior to Marie Antoinette, Mary I – The Queen Of England, also known as Bloody Mary (yeah those urban legends of “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary..” have been created based on her..);
This Queen perhaps did not spend money, dwell on luxuries and party and enjoy life as much as Marie and thus she didnt irritate tons of people. BUT she was cruel, mean, scary, unattractive – and a mass murderer. People were scared because of her. She was said to have bathed in blood of the young women she murdered because it was good for her skin – now if that’s true it means she was a fuc…ng psycho.
Is that more acceptable somehow..?
At age 19 she became a queen – at age 20 she was a legend; The Life of Marie Antoinette
She was the gorgeous Queen of France who became the face and symbol of 18th century extravagance. However, not many years down the road she was beheaded by her own followers during the French Revolution to meet her tragic end after being unfairly stripped of her extravagance. She has been portrayed many ways, but the truth is, she was a great person who was not anywhere close to as cold-hearted as her criticizers made her out to be.
In The Beginning
Born in Vienna, Austria on November 2, 1755, Marie Antoinette was the 15th child of her mother – Maria Theresa who was the Empress of Austria and Frances I, the Holy Emperor.
As a young girl, Marie lived life as a typical aristocratic girl of the 18th century with very few worries. She was given a typical education that focused largely on principles of moral and religion while her brothers were educated using information that was more academic.
When the seven year war ended in 1763, there was an alliance left between Austria and France that was very fragile. However, Marie’s mother – The Empress of Austria – worked very hard to fix that alliance.
Following the death of Louis Ferdinand, French Emperor Louis XV’s grandson Louis Auguste, who was only 11 years old at the time, was granted heir to France’s throne.
Within months of his crowning, Maria Theresa used the opportunity to strengthen the alliance between France and Austria by engaging Marie in an arranged marriage with Louis Auguste.
Louis XV sent a tutor to Austria in 1968 to teach his grandson’s soon-to-be wife. The tutor reported that she was actually smarter than people had originally though, however, she was frivolous and lazy which made her difficult to instruct.
Marriage and Personal Life
At the tender age of only fourteen, the gorgeous blue-eyed, blonde-haired Marie Antoinette set off to France to be united with her husband.
In 1770 she was taken by 376 horses, 57 carriages, and 117 footmen.
It has been noticed through letter written to her mother that she was very homesick and was not adjusting to married life at such young age very well.
Nonetheless, Louis XV died in 1774 making the way for Louis Auguste to become King Louis XVI; and so it was, Marie became Queen of France at only 19 years of age.
In terms of personality, Marie and Louis XVI were as different as two people could be. He, for example, was very indecisive, shy, and introverted, while she was social, bold, and vivacious.
In fact, the King would go to bed before midnight, but the Queen would have just begun to party by that time. Furthermore, she would awaken at noon each day, while her husband would have already been at work for hours.
The news of her daughter’s behavior finally made it to her mother in 1777.
The moment the Empress found out that her daughter and son-in-laws marriage had not been consummated, she sent a visitor to Marie. In fact, Joseph II – Marie’s older brother arrived in France almost immediately.
When he arrived, it was his duty to act as a marriage counselor to the couple. This “counseling” apparently worked because one year later their first daughter was born.
Over the next several years the couple would conceive a few more children, in total they had four: two boys and two girls whom all of which lived short, often tragic lives as well.
Time as Queen and Love of Extravagance
The poor Marie was met with much contempt as the people of France grew to dislike her.
They accused her of being promiscuous, profligate, and that she held sympathies for France’s enemies, in particular for Austria where she came from.
She loved to live a very extravagant life where she purchased the best of everything from clothes to jewels. Some say the money filled the void from the lack of love shared between herself and her husband.
As he was busy with his career and running the country, she would spend time partying and throwing lavish balls where only the rich and famous would attend.
In 1780, the Queen distanced herself from her husband and began spending an increased amount of time at Petit Trianon which was her private castle housed on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.
Right about this time, there were rumors beginning to surface that claimed the Queen was involved in an extra-marital affair with a Swedish diplomat by the name of Count Axel von Fersen.
The rumors and disrespect for the Queen continued on throughout the 1780s. In fact, pamphlets began in circulation that showed the Queen and described her love of the extravagant life.
She was met with much criticism as she was called names such as ignorant, too extravagant, and an adulterous. Additionally, people began referring to her as “Queen Deficit”.
Her nickname came in large part because poor harvests were causing grain prices to decline as the government was going into financial disorder.
Trial and Death
The final event that completely ruined the royal family occurred in 1785 when an imposter acted as Marie Antoinette and stole a diamond necklace that contained 647 diamonds.
In turn, the imposturous thief smuggled the necklace to London where it was broken up and sold in smaller sections. Although the Queen was completely innocent of the crime, the people of France still viewed her as guilty.
To make matters worse, she was not the kind of woman to let a tarnished reputation get in her way of living the life she was blessed with.
Nearly three years after, in 1789, almost 900 French peasants and workers overtook the Bastille Prison to load up on ammunition and firearms. This movement marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
Then it came in October of 1789 that 10,000 commoners appeared at the gates of Versailles and demanded the Queen and King be removed and escorted to Paris.
Once the pair was delivered to Paris in the Tuileries Palace, King Louis XVI acted indecisive as usual, and almost like he was paralyzed. This was when Marie Antoinette decided to stand in his place. She began meeting with ambassadors and advisors to send urgent letters begging other European leaders to help France’s decaying monarchy.
In June of 1791, Marie Antoinette and her lover, Count Axel von Fersen, devised a plan to sneak the royal family out of France. However, the family was ultimately caught and sent back to Paris.
In September of the same year, the King agreed that he would put the constitution in effect that was created by the Constituent National Assembly, if they would allow him to keep his power symbolically.
Yet, as France was at war with Russia and Austria, Maximilian de Robespierre called for the king’s official removal. It was not long after this call for removal, that the monarchy was officially abolished and the King and Queen were both arrested.
King Louis XVI was held at trial by the new Republic of France where they convicted him of treason and sentenced him to death.
Louis XVI was placed in the guillotine and be-headed on January 21, 1793.
The following October in 1793, the innocent Marie Antoinette was placed on trial for numerous crimes including theft, treason, and sexually abusing her son. The trial only lasted two days and ended with the all-men jury finding her guilty as charged on every count and sentenced her to death.
In the end, Marie Antoinette was be-headed, just like her husband a few months prior, using the guillotine.
She was unfairly vilified and put to death for crimes she did not commit simply because she had a very independent way about her and the people hated her for that.
In the end, she suffered unjust treatment as rumors and lies were spread about her.
If you will remember, quite possibly the most famous line surrounding her is when she supposedly said “let them eat cake”.
The line was in reference to the fact that commoners and peasants did not even have bread to eat. However, the line is said to false as Marie never said those words. Regardless the truth, she, her husband, and their kids all lived short lives that results in un-timely deaths.
What happened to her kids?
The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Children
Marie Antoinette was the mother of four children who each suffered different fates of which most were as tragic as hers.
Recall that Marie Antoinette was Queen of France from 1774 until 1792 when she was executed during the French Revolution. She was famous for her lavish lifestyle as well as being married to King of France – Louis XVI.
However, what is less talked about was the fate of her children: Marie Therese Charlotte de Bourbon, Louis Joseph Xavier Francois de Bourbon, Louis XVII Charles, and Marie Sophie Helen Beatrice de Bourbon.
Marie Therese Charlotte de Bourbon
Let’s begin with Marie Therese Charlotte de Bourbon. She was the first child of four born in Versailles, France in 1778. Her birth followed a long period of time where there was no heir to the throne. Although her birth and presence did gain her mother a little bit of popularity, that popularity did not last.
It should be mentioned that she lived the best life of all the children following the French Revolution mainly because she was the only child to get away from the violence alive.
She stayed with Madame Elizabeth (her paternal aunt) and her mother in prison following the family’s arrest of 1792 until August of 1793 when the queen and the girl’s aunt were both removed to withstand other fates.
Marie Therese managed to remain alive while being held captive in prison from 1792 until 1795 when she joined her uncle who was the next King of France – Louis XVIII also known as Czar Paul I of Russia – in exile. While in exile, she married her first cousin by the name of Louis Antoine duc d’Anguoleme in the year 1799. The pair was known to live in many places in Europe including: England, Vienna, and Russia until they returned to France following the resignation of Napoleon in 1814.
However, her stay in France did not last long because the couples’ cousin, Louis-Philippe duc d’Orleans betrayed them by saying that Charles X who was the next of the Bourbon line to take the thrown had abdicated France’s thrown.
In 1851, Marie Therese died of pneumonia after bearing no children, therefore ending the Bourbon line that extended from King Louis XVI. She was laid to rest at the Kostanjevica Monastery in the Bourbon family crypt found in Kostanjevica Slovenia.
Louis Joseph Xavier Francois de Bourbon
Louis Joseph was born in 1781 also in Versailles. He lived a tragically short life after being hailed as the heir to the throne as he was his father’s first son.
However, amidst the political turmoil and other issues surrounding the Estates-General of 1789 he fell sick with an illness. His parent’s actions following the onset of the illness drew many criticisms also which what ultimately deteriorated the relationship with the Estates.
The illness began when Louis Joseph was only three years of age as a sequence of bad fevers. There was much fear surrounding his health at this time, and he was moved to an area where there were claims of air that offered healing capabilities called Chateau de La Muette. During the course of his seven short years alive, his health was very fragile and there seemed to be no medical procedures that could help. There were reports that claimed he had major problems walking because of a severe spine curvature from which he suffered.
He died during June of 1789 and was laid to rest in the St Denis cemetery Basilica where his grave, like many of the Bourbons, was destroyed during the French Revolution.
Louis XVII Charles
Louis-Charles was the second born son of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI of France. Born in 1785, he was named duc de Normandie at birth and succeeded his brother following Louis-Joseph’s death. However, he never technically ruled France.
In July of 1793, the young boy was removed from his mother never to see her again as he was relocated to be “re-educated”. The boy was held in Paris, France in the Temple Prison where he was treated horribly and put through abuse.
Louis-Charles died at the tender age of ten years old from complications of tuberculosis and repeated abuse. He was laid to rest in Paris, France in the Cemetery of St. Marguerite.
Marie Sophie Helen Beatrice de Bourbon
Marie Sophie Helen Beatrice, or simply Sophie Beatrice, was the youngest of Marie’s children. Sophie was born in July of 1786 at the palace of Versailles. Since her birth she was recognized as a big baby and to complicate things further, she was plagued with tuberculosis. When Sophie was eleven months old, she went through a period of five to six days where she was convulsing due to her new teeth cutting through.
These complications ultimately took her life as little Sophie died on June 19, 1787 and was laid to rest the same place as her brother Louis Joseph and that was in Paris in the Saint Denis cemetery at Royal Basilica.
The French Revolution was a time of great conflict where many institutions were shut-down. The biggest one was, of course, the monarchy. Only two of Mary Antoinette’s children lived long enough to endure the Revolution and these two children, no doubt, endured unimaginable horrors and hardships without a happy ending.
Marie Antoinette: Fashion Muse
Growing up in Austria, Marie Antoinette was described as being quite the “tom boy”. However, once she became the Queen of France she became more and more of a fashionista each time her corset grew tighter.
In the end, fashion became life and death for Marie because as her closet grew, so did the amount of jealous people who disliked her. In fact, at the end of her short-lived life she had gained the nickname “Queen Deficit”.
Introduction to Rose Bertin
Following the receipt of a letter from her mother reminding young Marie to dress clean and groom her hair properly, she was introduced to Rose Bertin who was arguably the first fashion designer ever.
At this point, Marie began to grow debt in her closet much the same as her husband was growing France’s debt after he contributed a large sum for sending more troops to help the American Revolution.
She began having clothes specially designed for her by France’s top designers; most notably Rose Bertin. In fact, it has been said that there were anywhere from 150 to 300 dresses created per year for Marie as she attended many balls and social functions which required nice dress.
Soon after the introduction, Rose Bertin began capitalizing off the fact that she sold her dresses to the Queen which is how she gained the nickname “Minister of Fashion”.
Bertin did not always have the best reputation as she was quick to brag about her association and disrespect others which made many people mad at her.
It has been said many times that Marie Antoinette was the one responsible for setting many trends in 18th century French fashion.
Marie was grand from her head all the way to her feet; she loved fashion and spent much money keeping ahead of the crowd. To make matters worse, she never wore anything twice which meant her closet and clothes collection began to build-up rather quickly.
In her wardrobe you would find many fancy dresses that were actually very large in the hip area.
The dresses were large in the hip and buttocks region because Marie preferred dresses that were large and hair that was tall. In terms of height for Marie and her hair the philosophy was the bigger the better.
In her normal everyday life you would find her wearing a corset and a dress. Regardless if she was attending a ball or not, she was always glamorous and dressed to the “nines” with her trademark ‘pouf’ hairdo and ballroom-style dresses.
Of course, there was a slight difference between her everyday style and her dress worn to fancy masquerades and that is the fact that her masquerade dress was a bit more outrageous and fancy than her normal dress.
In terms of outrageousness, it has been documented that her pouf could reach nearly 3 feet in height some days.
Marie is credited as being one of the very first fashion icons and helped the creation of fashion magazines; with titles like that, she had to have been the “Queen of Fashion”.
With that being said, when she was visiting her country retreat she would dress in a simple chemise and bonnet. However, even her simple chemise was created from muslin brought in from Austria or England. This led to her being criticized and blamed for crippling France’s silk industry as she was having other materials shipped in to create her clothes.
More on Marie’s Hair
Marie wore her hair in her trademark powdered ‘pouf’ style.
In fact, in the 1770’s, powdered hair was so popular that you did not get caught without it. To do the powdered style it would require both women and men to sit in a chair covered by a cape while their stylist blew powder all over their hair.
When it came to setting Marie’s popular pouf in her hair, they used items such as wire, wool, pads, and tow to hold the hair in place on the lady’s head. They would then use feathers, metals, or precious jewels to adorn the huge plumes.
Marie Antoinette’s stylist Leonard Autie created the hairstyle and she revealed it to the world in 1774 during her husband’s coronation.
The hairdo was largely accepted and it was not surprising for women to include figurines detailed on their head. In fact, Marie Antoinette once had a large ship scene in her pouf, but other women would feature nurses, babies, and businesses, among others.
Jewelry & Accessories
Marie was no excessive in only clothing and hair, that style poured-over in terms of her jewelry and other accessories as well.
In her heyday, she had quite an extensive jewelry collection that featured many very nice and expensive pieces.
Possibly her most exquisite piece of jewelry was her infamous $3.7 million dollar necklace.
The necklace was adorned with white diamonds all the way around, two oval-shaped rare yellow diamonds in the center, and a pink diamond near the top. The necklace was set into platinum and contained 8.05 carats of white diamonds while the two yellow diamonds weighed a whopping 5.24 carats. To top the necklace off, it had a white diamond droplet that was pear-shaped and weighed 7.06 carats alone.
The necklace described above was certainly not her only piece.
In fact, she once owned the famous “Blue Diamond” which is a blue diamond weighing 5.64 carats and is set in a ring.
This ring is actually still in circulation today as it is owned by a private collector in Europe.
Another famous piece of jewelry once owned by Marie was the “Hope Diamond” that is now owned by the Smithsonian Institute.
Finally, there were a pair of diamond earrings weighing somewhere from 13 to 19 diamonds that were given to her by her husband at the beginning of their marriage. These earrings are still around today having been owned by Marjorie Meriwether Post and now the Smithsonian Institute.
In the end, Marie Antoinette lived a very lavish life that was filled with the most fashionable clothes, expensive jewelry, and popular hairdos.
In the heyday of her husband’s rule she enjoyed many fruits of life from attending high profile masquerades to owning very large diamonds, she had the best of everything before it was taken in an instant!
Marie Antoinette: Party Girl
Her Lavish Masquerades
When it came to partying in 18th century France no one was better at throwing fun, sexy and wild parties than Marie Antoinette.
In fact, most historians say she threw the most lavish of parties to make up for the lack of passion and romance in her own relationship to King Louis XVI. Instead, she would put together her own, or attend other people’s masked balls and party until early hours of the next morning.
In fact, there was a large ball thrown on January 23, 1782 which was used to celebrate the birth of Louis Joseph Xavier Francois who was the Dauphin of France. Note that although he was born October 22, 1781, the French customarily waited to celebrate the birth of children because infants faced such high mortality rates; instead, they waited a little time to make sure the new baby would actually live.
At these masquerades you could find many dashing noblemen and noblewomen dressed in powdered wigs and large up-dos, red-heeled shoes, and embroidered petticoats. Attendees would come decked in their best clothes and accessories which could include fancy pieces of jewelry and also feathers.
These balls were commonly arranged by Marie roughly two to three times per week. Frequent guests included her close friends Axel Fersen, the King’s younger brother Count of Artois, Count Dillon, Count Vaudreuil, and the Duc de Ligne.
In fact, it has been said that she first met her rumored lover Count Axel Fersen at a masquerade ball arranged by her.
Since the queen was a true lover of music, dance, and the harp the parties customarily featured plenty of music and fun.
The type of music played at these famed masquerades varied, but commonly included music that minuet, baroque or noble style dance could be performed to.
These parties were lavish and featured a unique style of decorations. The most common style used by Marie Antoinette was the Baroque style.
The parties were really over the top and featured ornate candelabras, ostrich feathers, peonies, lots of romance, and pink macaroons. The opulence and grandeur of these parties was the envy of all outsiders; this could be part of the reason so many people disliked her.
These balls were commonly held a couple different places; for example the Hall of Mirrors and the Opera Hall of Paris.
In fact, the Royal Opera of Versailles was built in celebration of the marriage between Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. Today, this Opera Hall is considered one of Europe’s finest court theatres with its 652 seats and much architectural astonishment.
These masquerades also featured much food and drink that were mainly dishes and drinks popular to the time.
In fact, wine was one of the main drinks as 18th century noblemen and women love their wine. In addition, you would find beautiful French pastries, meat dishes, and other tasty foods.
There were many intimate encounters played out after the masquerade balls.
It was nothing for noblemen to attend these balls with the direct thoughts of bringing a lucky lady home with him that night.
In terms of Marie Antoinette, we all know that her husband was not the partying type. However, we also know that Count Axel Fersen was a frequent guest at her parties. There were many rumors both through her small circle of friends and the French public that Marie and Fersen were having an affair.
In fact, there are rumors that one of her children is actually his and King Louis knew but was so infatuated with his wife that he kept her and remained devoted to her during their entire marriage.
In the end, if you would have been alive during the 18th century to attend one of Marie Antoinette’s balls there is no doubt you would have danced the night away and enjoyed yourself more so than ever before.
These balls were lavish and way over the top. Dressing for the events was only half the fun because once you reached full costume and arrived at the ball, your night had only begun…
Delicious Cream Cake Movie; About the movie Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, 2006
For some reason I just recently watched this movie for the first time although it’s been made over 6 years ago… Well the main reason I think is that I’ve never been interested in historical movies, especially dramas like this one. There are some that I like , for example some Mel Gibson’s movie especially Apocalypto, and so on, but I’ve never been a fan of movies that go back in time 100’s of years.
WELL Sofia Coppola’s movie happened to come from tv some weeks ago and I happened to start watching it as wanted to know more about Marie Antoinette and didnt have anything else to do at the moment. (Untill then I hadn’t known much of her, except that she was executed at young age for not doing anything wrong.) Most of all the advertisement of the movie was so intriguing that I needed to watch it (she was called the “Paris Hilton” of her time in that ad – which I think she was in many ways in that sense that she was a very prominent woman who loved the life of luxury and many disliked her badly because of that, also unfairly)
The movie reminded of an extravagant, delicious, super-sweet cream cake or some most delicious pastry anyone can make. In other words; it was lovely……. I loved it.
It just focused on presenting Marie Antoinette’s life from its brighter side; all the extravaganze, luxury, indulgences, amazing and fabulous fashion, fabulous lifestyle, hairdos, fun, partying, social life, enjoyments, how she loved her kids, and also the lack of love she experienced in her marriage. There was nothing about her sad end nor the loss of her kids. The movie ended when the royal family escaped from Versailles.
Most of all it was fabulous splendor of her fashion and gowns, lifestyle, parties and social life. She was presented there as a social butterfly, bubbling, fun-loving, luxury-loving, extrovert personality and a loving mother.
If you haven’t watched it, you should most definitely!
Also, if you’re planning on arranging a Marie Antoinette theme masquerade ball – The Party of The Decade – you should watch it as you will get tons of ideas regarding the party; decoration, gowns, costumes, party style, foods and drinks, venue, anything possible…
Image sources; Wikipedia.org and Marie Antoinette movie, 2006