Fashion in Film: Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola’s film, Marie Antoinette (starring Kristen Dunst), is definitely one of the prettiest movies I have ever seen. The pastel hues, floral patterns, costumes, and sets make this movie such a treat for the eyes (it has a very dreamy, whimsical feel)! This movie portrays the rich life of one of France’s most fascinating Queens of France. Some say that she was the world’s first “fashionista.” Whether that’s true or not, the girl had charm, style, imagination and courage.

The best thing about 17th century fashion, especially French fashion, was the big luscious ball gown. The garments in this movie have a serious amount of volume. From men’s puffy sleeves to hoop-style skirts, bigger was definitely better during that era (even their hair styles)! Seriously though, every outfit in the movie has such fine detail. Floralsare used everywhere in the movie and are reminiscent of the famous French royal gardens. Not to mention the use of embellishments (including lace and beading).It’s all very over-the-top and fabulous!

Although the movie might not be true to history, in fact it’s more like a music video than a movie, I have to admire Sofia’s talent…and it was no surprise that this film was so well tailored and well dressed. If you haven’t seen this movie, rent it immediately! You’ll be captivated by the lavishness of Marie Antoinette’s royal lifestyle, including everything from eloquent banquets to breathtaking gowns with tiers and tiers of pastel fabrics.

Make sure to check out last weeks post where we explore 90s fashion from the film “Poison Ivy” starring Drew Barrymore!