Expectations 7 – Royal Expectations

Marie Antoinette was a fashionista. She’s not the original fashionista because there’s Du Barry and Pompadour. I am sure if we could only find the style section of The Imperial Times of Rome, we could discover Calpurnia’s favorite stola maker. Fashion is probably as old as human existence since we just know that some cave women draped their skins better than others. Still, Marie Antoinette does have the singular distinction of being someone whose love of fashion not only contributed to her death, but to a revolution. I guess it is possible to take love of fashion too far. Sshhh! Don’t tell Gidge!

Anyway, if Marie were alive today, she would shop at Sn@tch, and she would buy this dress. Good grief, it’s named after her. I shot it at Utopia 04-Markus Inkpen. When I choose a place to shoot an outfit, I generally choose one of two approaches. Either the setting and the clothing are in complete harmony, such as a 20’s style gown in a speakeasy or  they are completely dissonant such as this bright colorful fantastical dress in this somber sim, apposite and opposite you could say.

Look at the lovely French floral brocade in the Marie Corset Dress. It’s beautifully done and the gold flounce under the sculpty skirt is a perfect detail. I added Digit Darkes Dictator Shrug – not as political commentary on the concept of divine right of kings, but because I love how it sets off the shoulders and completes the shape of the dress in a new way.  The shoes are the very regal Crystal shoes from Baiastice.

Because the contrast between the bright frivolity of the dress and the somber implied poverty of the crowded warren of buildings is so striking, I think I should just mention for the sake of historical accuracy that Marie Antoinette did not say “If they have no bread, let them eat cake.” That was said by a fictitious princess in a story by Rousseau written when she was just a child. However, myth sometimes trumps reality and people of her time credited her with it anyway.   But now, back to the bright frivolity of the gorgeous Orquidea necklace and earrings from Kunglers. The skin is Baiastice and the hair with the flower is from Paper Couture.

***STYLE NOTES******
Promotional Copies are denoted by a Bold R

  • Poses: Bahavior Body R & Reel Expressions
  • Skin: Baiastice Casting Porcelaine 16 R
  • Eyes: Shine Covet Gold Sage
  • Lashes: Lelutka Diva Prim Lashes
  • Nails: PXL Creations
  • Hair: Paper Couture Frida – with Red Rose
  • Jacket: Digit Darkes Dictator Shrug
  • Dress: Sn@tch Marie Corset Dress
  • Shoes: Baiastice Crystal Citrine
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Orquidea Garnet R

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