Cinematic Fashion: Marie Antoinette

By Caroline Elizabeth, Women’s Style Editor

The 2006 Sofia Coppola film, “Marie Antionette”, staring Kirsten Dunst will probably be remembered more for its fabulous take on 17th-century fashion than anything else. In fact, I’ve heard numerous people say that the movie includes their favorite costumes of all time, so its academy award for such was well deserved.

The overall mood of the period pieces in the film is romantic and feminine, which includes with piles of ribbon details and lace to trim the satin and floral brocade gowns that Marie and her ladies-in-waiting wear. Marie and her ladies also knew how to accessorize, with glamorous shoes, hats, fans, jewels, and purses. Marie Antionette was a true fashion revolutionary of her time!

Using Marie Antionette as inspiration for modern-day dress is a lot of fun. Create a pale, pastel look overall with a lot of pink, green, blue, and cream that will evoke the fundamental colors from the film. It honestly doesn’t hurt to think of pastries, especially macaroons, which the film crew actually used as part of their inspiration for the costumes and set.

A great way to create Marie’s look is to mix florals together (a look that’s right on trend this season). It often works well to combine one bold floral print with another less so, because not all florals can be paired together! A pastel bag and a bit of jewelry in a similar hue will add a nice touch, but make sure they are simple enough so that the focus is kept on your floral ensemble. Lastly, add some flats with lace or bow details to keep the feminine look flowing all the way to your footwear.

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Alice + Olivia floral dress, $185 / Zimmermann wrap dress / Frock & Frill floral blouse, $16 / Rochas brocade jacket, $495 / DAY Birger et Mikkelsen floral jacket, $140 / Citizens of Humanity jeans, $200 / Cacharel pleated skirt / Current/Elliott denim shorts, $180 / Oxford shoes / Miu Miu shoes / Melissa shoes, $77 / Charlotte Russe ballet flat / Chinese Laundry shoes / Bow handbag / Dorothy Perkins cross body handbag / Costume jewelry / ASOS vintage jewelry, $31

And, apparently an Apple product is also a good accessory to add to a modern day Marie Antoinette look.

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