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Marie Antoinette 1938 Film

27 Feb

Bringing Marie to life from the pages of history:

Here’s a look at some of the ways the famous queen has been portrayed in films, television and ads throughout the years.

Marie Antoinette (1938) staring Norma Shearer:

The costumes in this film are absolutely beautiful. The fact that it is in black and white makes it even more of a fantasy for me because you can image the colors yourself, sort of like a giant, imaginary coloring book. And Norma Shearer is absolutely beautiful as Marie, don’t you think?

Below, are some images of the costumes created by Gilbert Adrian.

These costumes from the classic age of Hollywood really give you a feeling of the opulence not only of cinema at the time, but of the dramatic life in which Marie Antoinette herself lived. They are a stark contrast of the peasant clothing worn by the majority of the French population and their extravagance portrays how Marie was seen then and remembered now. She is infamous in both her fashion choices and her tragic mistakes.