Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century

January 06, 2018

The Pleasures of the Seasons, Snowed In

Johann Georg Platzer, Winter [The Pleasures of the Seasons]. Early/mid 18th Century, oil on copper. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


What do you do on a snow day?


November 21, 2017

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking Spotlight + Book Giveaway!



Not long after I started blogging here I came across Lauren Stowell's blog on historical costuming. A long time follower, I was delighted to learn that Lauren, teamed up with Abby Cox, has recently published a book on 18th-century dressmaking.  Let's dive into the book and see what it is all about!

I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher; all opinions are my own, of course.  Read on for a chance to win a signed copy of the new book!

September 22, 2017

18th Century Fashion Rules: Colors and Cuts

Elisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, Comtesse Marie Dubarry. 1789,  oil on canvas. Musée St.-Didie.
A Letter from Marie Antoinette to her mother, Maria Theresa dated June 13, 1776....


April 26, 2017

Marie Antoinette visits the Louvre

 Anonymous, Portrait of Marie Antoinette. Miniature, cloth. Musée du Louvre.

How do you browse an art gallery? Here is a little account of Marie Antoinette visiting the Louvre....


February 22, 2017