Friday, August 10, 2012

Two interesting videos worth watching...

I just found this video linked to on The Royal Corospondent.  It's a video from 2007 of Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore To The Revolution, giving a lecture at the University of Michigan on the topic of Marie Antoinette's "sartorial semiotics."  In other words, the significance of the fashion that Marie Antoinette used to create a political identity.  It's a really good overview of her book, distilled into 50 minutes or so of discourse, with questions at the end (though, spoiler alert: She sadly does not give us the Lacanian analysis of the pouf hairstyle). I also came across another interesting vlog that Dr. Weber recorded talking about the comparisons between pre-Revolution France and modern American fashion:
If haven't already bought the book Queen of Fashion, I just so happen to have a brand new hard copy version for sale on  It's a fantastic book, very readable, and a very different take on Marie Antoinette.

1 comment:

  1. My version of the book has been reread enough to be a bit tattered. My one tiny peeve of the book is that she doesn't show or describe what a levite looks like, or how it's different from a chemise gown.