Errr…. That is Vogue at Le Grand Trianon, the home of Louis XIV’s mistress, Francoise-Athénäis, the marquise of Montespan. It’s an impressive building with rooms kept completely in reds or yellows or reds which is enough to awe any visitor. But until October visitors are treated to another form of grandeur. At the Grand Trianon there is an exhibition called The 18th Century Back in Fashion which features pieces from the haute couture, but also ready-to-wear, collections of several modern/contemporary designers.
I thought I’d show off a couple of the gowns exhibited among the 56 pieces at the exhibition. The pieces can usually be found at the Museum Galliera. Apart from the modern gowns, authentic 18th century pieces can be seen, for comparison.
Seeing these amazing dresses etc. in the flesh, so to speak, in such an impressive place was definitely the highlight of our visit to Versailles.
The photos are taken by Julie Ansiau. I make no money from this, all rights reserved to Vogue and Julie Ansiau.
Pink taffeta by Doutzen Kroues, inspired by Fragonard. 2007.
Pale green tulle. 2011.
Bit big for a bedroom, mind.
This gown was created in relation to Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.
Amazingly over the top.
I mean, w-o-w.
I had to include this because of the gorgeous fabric used.
He was just a genius, wasn’t he?
Isn’t it amazing how the 18th century fashions were relevant in the 50s and continue to influence fashion until today?
Sometimes I think I missed my calling as a Goth. I could totally wear this.
I just love this one.
The entire slideshow can be seen here.
And just to finish, here’s a portrait of Madame de Montespan herself: