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Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell [Estimated Publication Date: November, 2014]
Synopsis (via Yale Press)

Fashion Victims presents a compelling anthology of trends, manners, and personalities from the era, accompanied by gorgeous fashion plates, portraits, and photographs of rare surviving garments. Drawing upon documentary evidence, previously unpublished archival sources, and new information about aristocrats, politicians, and celebrities, this book is an unmatched study of French fashion in the late 18th century, providing astonishing insight, a gripping story, and stylish inspiration.

Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell [Estimated Publication Date: November, 2014]

Synopsis (via Yale Press)

Fashion Victims presents a compelling anthology of trends, manners, and personalities from the era, accompanied by gorgeous fashion plates, portraits, and photographs of rare surviving garments. Drawing upon documentary evidence, previously unpublished archival sources, and new information about aristocrats, politicians, and celebrities, this book is an unmatched study of French fashion in the late 18th century, providing astonishing insight, a gripping story, and stylish inspiration.

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I am deeply moved by my dear Mama’s kindness in regards to the paintings. The size is perfect; they will greatly increase the pleasure I take in visiting Trianon. May I kiss my dear mother with all my soul?

—Marie Antoinette to Maria Theresa, 18 March 1778
[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]
[image: Details from two paintings attributed to Johann Weikert; copies were commissioned by Marie Antoinette for her rooms at the Petit Trianon. (C) Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin]

I am deeply moved by my dear Mama’s kindness in regards to the paintings. The size is perfect; they will greatly increase the pleasure I take in visiting Trianon. May I kiss my dear mother with all my soul?

—Marie Antoinette to Maria Theresa, 18 March 1778

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

[image: Details from two paintings attributed to Johann Weikert; copies were commissioned by Marie Antoinette for her rooms at the Petit Trianon. (C) Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin]

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The Louvre pre-empted the auction of two pastel portraits by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun last month by purchasing them outright for 52,000€. It has been speculated that the two Lebrun portraits, which depict Madame de Montesson and Louis-Philippe d’Orléans, will be used in the upcoming Grand Palais exhibition about the artist set for late 2015.

[images: Versailles Enchères, via The Art Tribune]

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Five of the eighteen children born to Maria Carolina of Austria and Ferdinand IV of Naples died from smallpox; the disease also killed three of Maria Carolina siblings.

Maria Cristina Amelia (17 January 1779 – 26 February 1783)Gennaro Carlo Francesco (12 April 1780 – 1 January 1789)Giuseppe Carlo Gennaro (18 June 1781 – 19 February 1783)Maria Clotilde Teresa (18 February 1786 - 10 September 1792)Maria Henrietta (31 July 1787 – 10 September 1792)

[image: Portrait of Ferdinand IV of Naples, and his Family by Angelica Kauffman. 1783.]

Five of the eighteen children born to Maria Carolina of Austria and Ferdinand IV of Naples died from smallpox; the disease also killed three of Maria Carolina siblings.

Maria Cristina Amelia (17 January 1779 – 26 February 1783)
Gennaro Carlo Francesco (12 April 1780 – 1 January 1789)
Giuseppe Carlo Gennaro (18 June 1781 – 19 February 1783)
Maria Clotilde Teresa (18 February 1786 - 10 September 1792)
Maria Henrietta (31 July 1787 – 10 September 1792)

[image: Portrait of Ferdinand IV of Naples, and his Family by Angelica Kauffman. 1783.]

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