This exquisite period drama follows the life of France's most famous (and most fashionable) Queen, Marie Antoinette. It is a chick flick that mixes in history therefore making it intellectual as well as light hearted which is why I think it is such a good movie.
If you love elaborate designs then this film is for you. Put down the popcorn that is usually associated with film watching and drool over the luxe fabrics, intricate designs, extravagant dresses and over sized hats. The wardrobes of the 18th Century French are ones that will make your heart skip a beat. This film is excellent to transporting you back to the time where it is all set.
Although people do not tend to wear head to toe silk gowns like they used to it is still a lovely style movement to explore. The maxi gown from Topshop would also look stunning worn as a dressing gown which I think it is supposed to be. Feathers may not be as large as they used to be but they can still be subtly pretty in the form of a hair clip (see above) or perhaps you will go bolder with a fascinator.
Just so I don't sound totally uncultured I will tell you a bit about the girl herself (without spoiling the film for those of you who have not yet seen it, I really recommend that you do by the way.)
She was born on the 2nd of November 1755, one of sixteen (yes, sixteen) children.
She became Queen of France 1774, at the young age of nineteen years.
At the height of the French Revolution the monarchy was abolished. In 1792 her husband, Louis XVI was executed. Marie, herself was tried and executed by the guillotine the following year.
Even today, she remains a controversial figure. At first enchanted by her character and loveliness, the French people came to dislike her. They condemned "the Austrian" for being promiscuous, and of gathering sympathies for France's enemies, particularly Austria as Antoinette was originally from Austria. Nowadays a number of academics and scholars consider her to be frivolous and fake. They say she contributed to the start of the French Revolution. On the other hand, others say that she was treated unfairly and that views of her should be more considerate.
I say that we need more of these interesting, beautiful, stylish, controversial historical figures in the world (Wowee what a load of adjectives) because, boy, do they make good movies? Yes.