(Above) Louis XV, King of France (1710 - 1774) in 1717, Justinat Augustin (?-1743) painter, 18th century, reign of Louis XV (1723 - 1774) Versailles, château de Versailles © RMN | Philippe Bernard. (Click for larger image)

(Above) Crown of Louis XV (created for the coronation) Also referred to as the personal crown of Louis XV, Augustin Duflot (1715 - 1774), Clause Rondé (based on), 1722 © Paris, Musée du Louvre | Martine Beck-Coppola. (Click for larger image)

(Above) Coronation suit of prince heir of Gustave III of Sweden 29 May 1772 © Stockholm, Livrustkammaren. (Click for larger image)

(Above) Court dress (grand costume) worn for the coronation of Sophie Madeleine: train 29 May 1772 © Stockholm, Livrustkammaren. (Click for larger image)

(Above) Back view of Court dress (grand costume) worn for the coronation of Sophie Madeleine: train 29 May 1772 © Stockholm, Livrustkammaren. (Click for larger image)

(Above) Decorated robes: dress and skirt Attributed to Rose Bertin, 1780-1790 © Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum. (Click for larger image)

(Above) Pair of men’s shoes, End of 17th century - beginning of 18th century © Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. (Click for larger image)

(Above) Wedding dress (grand costume) of Edwige Elisabeth Charlotte de Holstein - Gottorp, wife of Prince Karl and sister in law of King Gustave III of Sweden 1774 © Stockholm, Livrustkammaren. (Click for larger image)


I AM PRETTY SURE THAT I ACTUALLY OWNED THOSE WHITE SHOES (ABOVE) IN THE 1970’s. How they ended up in this exhibition, I do not know. I still have the white belt that matches them.

And how about those double-wide dresses! Wouldn’t they really get on people’s nerves when you met them on the sidewalk? I mean, it would be: “Excuse me! Coming through! I’m sorry, excuse me!” A woman could hide all seven of her dwarfs under a dress like that. Hmmm. So that’s it!

These outrageous costumes are actual clothes worn by the aristocracy of Europe in an exhibition covering a 150 year span of time. All of this and more at the exhibition: Court Pomp and Royal Ceremonies: Court Dress in Europe 1650 - 1800 at Chateau Versailles
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Images compliments of Art Daily.

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