Queen of Rococo

Marie Antoinette blue gown at Versailles
Marie Antoinette, played by Kirsten Dunst  and directed by Sophia Coppola in 2006
Versailles. A place of luxury, dreams, politics and romance. The palace served as the heart of the French court for over 100 years during the 17th and 18th centuries. 
Marie Antoinette on chaise lounge let them eat cake
Marie Antoinette
It was within the palace’s shimmering walls that Marie Antoinette made her home as the Dauphine and then the Queen of France. Ruling the cultural and political scene in the years before the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette became a fashion icon. 
Marie Antoinette walking in the gardens of Versailles
Marie Antoinette
During the Rococo era, Marie Antoinette embodied the stylistic notions of the movement by embracing the romantic details, ornamentation and light hearted spirit in her fashion choices. Rococo fashion often included pastel shades, ribbons, bows and an air of frivolity. 

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
If Marie Antoinette was still alive and reigning from the palace of Versailles, she would surely be dressed in Thom Browne’s Spring 2020 collection. The designs were dripping in romance and whimsy. 


Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
The clothes told a story of fantasy in shades of pastel green, yellow, blue and pink, where Rococo panniers (hoop skirts) met blazers and pantaloons (capri-like pants). 
Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
There was a riot of textures, where rules did not seem to exist as tweeds mixed with quilting, seersucker and embroidery. 
Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
The power suit was reimagined as blazers and ties were worn with corsets and hoop skirts. 
Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
Whimsical flower arrangements bloomed from the headpieces as dolphins danced across the fabrics. 

Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
In what could be a nod to the French Revolution, blue, white and red ribbon was used as accents on cardigans, shoes and skirts. Marie Antoinette reigned France alongside Louis XVI during the Rococo era before the people rose up during the Revolutionary period to establish the First French Republic. Patriotic colors of blue, white and red seen in the Thom Browne designs would have made for the perfect Revolutionary color palette.  
Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
The grand extravagance of Marie Antoinette's fashion choices were widely known by the French people. As the people starved in the streets, the courtiers lived a life of luxury within the walls of Versailles. If only Marie Antoinette and her courtiers had stopped powdering their wigs with flour, perhaps there would have been more food to go around and suppress the people's desire for revenge against the royals. 
Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style
Even as the pastels and romance dominated the story seen on the runway, there was a hint at the revolution that would replace the Rococo world. Or in the case of Thom Browne, the revolution that has already arrived with women donning the menswear pieces alongside feminine skirts and dresses. He has created a modern Versailles where women rule unapologetically.
Thom Browne Spring 2020 Collection in Marie Antoinette Rococo Style

Runway Photos: Vogue.com    

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