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Marie Antoinette was famous for her beautiful looks and charm, but such beauty, as women know all too well, is rarely natural. It often requires a little helping hand. And, as Queen of France, Marie Antoinette had many people, and a huge budget, to help her look her best. Yet, her tastes were simple. And
Chanel. Dior. Givenchy. Gaultier. Today French fashion designers are renowned and loved the world over. But the first to be celebrated, and to bring haute couture to the forefront of popular culture was a poor but ambitious young woman, Rose Bertin. Born on 2 July 1747 at Abbeville, Picardy, Rose moved to Paris to try
Madame Bertin’s creations were often inspired by contemporary political events. Here’s an example: At the end of 1777 the hair was dressed in the fashion called The Insurgents. “It was,” says the author of the “Memoires Secret,” an allegory, made up of the disturbances between England and America. The first was a snake, so
In 1781, The Théâtre du Palais-Royal, situated near Rose Bertin’s establishment, was destroyed by fire, for the second time. Here’s an account of the tragedy, which resulted in death of at least 11 people: The Opera-house took fire. Rose Bertin’s establishment in the Rue Saint-Honore was situated between the Rue Champfleuri and Rue du Chantre,
Rose Bertin, dressmaker to Queen Marie Antoinette, is one of the most famous couturiers in history. Born in a small village in a family of small means, the ambitious Rose soon decided to go to Paris to try her luck. She became apprenticed to a milliner, Mademoiselle Pagelle, and later, became her partner. Talented, determined
Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide To The 18th Century has a very interesting post on Rose Bertin, Marie Antoinette’s dress maker. To quote: She began working for Mlle. Pagelle at the Trait Galant. Another rumor had it that one of the costumers was the mistress of the Comte de Charolais. She had two illegitimate daughters. Long