Royal Style: A History of Aristocratic Fashion Icons

Royal Style: A History of Aristocratic Fashion Icons

Luise Wackerl Hardcover, 191 pages; 2012
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Monarchs have long been fashion trendsetters, and while the French Revolution and the rise of democracy may have reduced their political power, their sartorial influence continues to reign. This pictorial guide through royal fashion begins at the twelfth-century Parisian court and profiles royal tastemakers such as Elizabeth I, Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton. Here you'll find the origins of style trends still evident today, including the Duke of Burgundy's penchant for wearing a "little black dress" to set himself apart from colorfully dressed lower classes; Empress Eugénie's signature shade of blue, which was commandeered by Charles Lewis Tiffany for his jewelry boxes; and Queen Victoria's popularization of the white wedding dress. Richly illustrated and packed with fascinating (and chic) insight, Royal Style is a stylish read for fashionistas and history buffs alike! (KG)

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