Marie Antoinette (c. 1885)
Did Marie Antoinette's love of fashion really cost her her life?
“It did. Marie Antoinette was the first fashion victim, because on the flight to Varennes, she wanted to go back for her jewelry, and that is the only reason she was caught by the revolutionaries. She was a bored woman, unhappy, and she took refuge in clothes."
Like many other women have done, right?
"Yes. Versailles was a game of charades on a huge scale. Whatever hat or glove Marie Antoinette was wearing at noon, all the other ladies would have to have copies by 3 pm.”