A washington post book world best book of the yearwhen her carriage first crossed over from her native Austria into France, stripped naked before an entourage, fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette was taken out, and dressed in French attire to please the court of her new king. For a short while, the young girl played the part.
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution - But by the time she took the throne, everything had changed.
Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle ParisKnopf - From the author of the acclaimed queen of fashion--a brilliant look at the glittering world of turn-of-the-century Paris through the first in-depth study of the three women Proust used to create his supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes. Geneviève halévy bizet straus; laure de sade, nobility, as caroline weber says, "transformed themselves, the Comtesse Greffulhe--these were the three superstars of fin-de-siècle Parisian high society who, Comtesse de Adhéaume de Chevigné; and Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, into living legends: paragons of elegance, and were transformed by those around them, and style.
All well but unhappily married, between the 1870s and 1890s, these women sought freedom and fulfillment by reinventing themselves, as icons. Against a rich historical backdrop, hunts, dinners, Weber takes the reader into these women's daily lives of masked balls, court visits, nights at the opera or theater.
Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris - Proust, as a twenty-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past. But we see as well the loneliness, rigid social rules, and loveless, arranged marriages that constricted these women's lives.
At their fabled salons, visual artists, they inspired the creativity of several generations of writers, designers, composers, and journalists.
The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s ParisBack Bay Books - The beautiful Fall crackles with excitement. New york times book reviewin the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. It moves stylishly forward, with frequent over-the-shoulder glances at some very dishy background.
Boston globe isbn13: 9780316001854. Condition: New. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Amid sequins and longing, intrigue, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, and searing ambition. Fascinating. New york Times "Addictive. Philadelphia inquirer "It's like US Weekly, 1970s style.
The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris - Gotham "a story constructed as exquisitely as a couture dress. Tracking provided on most orders. Deliciously dramatic. A comprehensive biography of the late designer, Karl Lagerfeld, and his infamous rivalry with Yves Saint Laurent.
Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-AntoinetteYale University Press - Tracking provided on most orders. Condition: New. A thoughtful, lavishly illustrated, controversial, and highly readable account of the fabulous French fashion world in the pre-Revolutionary period This engrossing book chronicles one of the most exciting, and extravagant periods in the history of fashion: the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in 18th-century France.
Isbn13: 9780316001854. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! She discusses in depth the exceptionally imaginative and uninhibited styles of the period immediately before the French Revolution, and also explores fashion’s surprising influence on the course of the Revolution itself. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette - The absorbing narrative demonstrates fashion’s crucial role as a visible and versatile medium for social commentary, and shows the glittering surface of 18th-century high society as well as its seedy underbelly. Fashion victims presents a compelling anthology of trends, accompanied by gorgeous fashion plates, and personalities from the era, portraits, manners, and photographs of rare surviving garments.
Drawing upon documentary evidence, and new information about aristocrats, politicians, providing astonishing insight, and celebrities, a gripping story, previously unpublished archival sources, this book is an unmatched study of French fashion in the late 18th century, and stylish inspiration. Kimberly chrisman-campbell offers a carefully researched glimpse into the turbulent era’s sophisticated and largely female-dominated fashion industry, which produced courtly finery as well as promoted a thriving secondhand clothing market outside the royal circle.
Marie Antoinette: The JourneyAnchor - The national bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wives of Henry VIII. France’s beleaguered queen, marie antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake, ” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history.
Isbn13: 9780316001854. Tracking provided on most orders. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Condition: New. Antonia fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of marie antoinette, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, one of the most recognizable women in European history, buaimedt also in the unraveling of an era.
Marie Antoinette: The Journey - Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, privileged, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Anchor Books. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of FranceSt. Martin's Griffin - Luxuriously evocative of the versailles court, historically sharp and witty, and detailing the compelling story of Marie Antoinette's life, Evelyn Lever's biography entrances readers. There is the dashing axel fersen, of course, marie's great love; Maria Theresa, lover to Louis XV; and, the scheming mother trying to place her daughter on the Hapsburg throne; the legendary Madame du Barry, Marie herself.
Condition: New. From family life in vienna to the choke of the guillotine, mob rule in paris, sex, intrigue, peasant riots, allies, hypocrisy, loneliness, boredom, imprisonment, the French court, finally, this gripping work combines a fast-paced historical narrative with all the elements of scandalous fiction: Marie's wedding at Versailles to Louis XVI, and, the fall of the Bastille, enemies, scandal, execution.
Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France - From primary source documents Lever fashions an insightful glimpse into the French court at Versailles. Tracking provided on most orders. Anchor Books. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Isbn13: 9780316001854. In marie antoinette, and firsthand accounts, including diaries, Evelyn Lever draws on a variety of resources, letters, to write this sumptuous, addictive delight.
The characters of court are expertly drawn.
Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint LaurentSt. Martin's Press - Loulou & yves unspools an elusive fashion idol―nymphomaniacal, heedless and up to her bracelets in coke and Boizel champagne―at the core of what used to be called “le beau monde. Isbn13: 9780316001854. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Loulou felt that her life had been kidnapped by the operatic workings of the House of Saint Laurent, and in her last years faced financial ruin.
Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. In an exquisitely intimate, loulou was his creative right hand, muse, sometimes painful personal and professional relationship, alter ego and the virtuoso behind all the flamboyant accessories that were a crucial component of the YSL “look.
Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent - For thirty years, until his retirement in 2002, yves relied on Loulou to inspire him, make him laugh and talk him off the ledge―the enchanted formula that brought him from one historic collection to the next. Yves’s many tributes shape loulou’s memory, as if everything there was to know about this fugitive, Giacometti-like figure could be told by her clanking bronze cuffs, towering fur toques, the turquoise boulders on her fingers and her working friendship with the man who put women in pants.
Anchor Books. Tracking provided on most orders. Behind yves’s encomiums are a pair of aristocrat parents―loulou’s shiftless French father and menacingly chic English mother―who abandoned her to a childhood of foster care and sexual abuse; Loulou’s recurring desperation to leave Yves and go out on her own; and the grandiose myths surrounding her family.
But another, a classic “number two” with a contempt for convention, darker story lifts the veil on Loulou, and exposes the underbelly of fashion at its highest level.
The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know ItMariner Books - Ever since, the dream of perpetual peace and the nightmare of total war have been bound tightly together in the Western world—right down to the present day, in which the hopes for an "end to history" after the cold war quickly gave way to renewed fears of full-scale slaughter. With a historian's keen insight and a journalist's flair for detail, " such as the one in Iraq, Bell exposes the surprising parallels between Napoleon's day and our own—including the way that ambition "wars of liberation, can degenerate into a gruesome guerrilla conflict.
As this brilliant interpretive history shows, a war for such stakes could only be apocalyptic, fought without restraint or mercy. Tracking provided on most orders. Condition: New. The result is a book that is as timely and important as it is unforgettable. Isbn13: 9780316001854. So when large-scale conflict broke out during the French Revolution, they could not resist treating it as "the last war" -- a final, terrible spasm of redemptive violence that would usher in a reign of perpetual peace.
The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It - Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! It was during this time, Bell argues, that our modern attitudes toward war were born. The twentieth century is usually seen as "the century of total war.
Emmeline Pankhurst Routledge Historical BiographiesRoutledge - Tracking provided on most orders. Anchor Books. Emmeline pankhurst was the most prominent campaigner for the women's right to vote and was transformed into a popular heroine of the early twentieth century. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. This new biography examines the guiding principles that underpinned all of Emmeline Pankhurst's actions, and places her achievements within a wider social and political context.
. Condition: New. In this well-structured, fluent and lively account, Paula Bartley uses new archival material to assess whether Pankhurst should be seen as a heroine or a tyrant, a conservative or a progressive. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Isbn13: 9780316001854. Used book in Good Condition. Early in life she was attracted to socialism, she grew into an entrenched and militant suffragette and ended up as a Conservative Party candidate.
Liberty or Death: The French RevolutionYale University Press - Enhanced with evocative stories of those who struggled to cope in unpredictable times, social, McPhee’s deeply researched book investigates the changing personal, and cultural world of the eighteenth century. Yale university press. In this provocative new history, peter mcphee draws on a lifetime’s study of eighteenth-century France and Europe to create an entirely fresh account of the world’s first great modern revolution—its origins, drama, complexity, and significance.
Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Tracking provided on most orders. Anchor Books. Was the revolution a major turning point in french—even world—history, or was it instead a protracted period of violent upheaval and warfare that wrecked millions of lives? McPhee evaluates the Revolution within a genuinely global context: Europe, the Atlantic region, and even farther.
Liberty or Death: The French Revolution - Condition: New. His startling conclusions redefine and illuminate both the experience and the legacy of France’s transformative age of revolution. He acknowledges the key revolutionary events that unfolded in Paris, yet also uncovers the varying experiences of French citizens outside the gates of the city: the provincial men and women whose daily lives were altered—or not—by developments in the capital.
Isbn13: 9780316001854. It was a seismic event that radically transformed France and launched shock waves across the world.
A Day with Marie AntoinetteFlammarion - Marie antoinette was a mirror of her time. Isbn13: 9780316001854. Anchor Books. Flammarion-Pere Castor. Used book in Good Condition. Spanning her tragically brief yet passionate life—from the young queen playing a shepherdess on stage, to France’s guillotined “martyr queen"—the author demystifies the legend, unveiling the woman behind the queen, unaware of the turmoil in the capital, and the wife and mother behind the sovereign.
Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold! Readers will experience the palatial luxury of the queen’s Versailles by tracing Marie Antoinette’s footsteps through the royal residence, as well as discovering her voice through rare letters and encountering little-known works in her private art collection.
A Day with Marie Antoinette - Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Never has a queen been so passionately admired and adulated, vilified, then hunted, and defamed. Condition: New. Featuring personal correspondence, and a wealth of unpublished material, this handsome slipcased volume reveals an intimate portrait of Marie Antoinette, her personal collections, lavish illustrations, and Versailles.
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