Victoria's Secret Draws Inspiration from Vogue's Marie Antoinette

Blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s bi
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Blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s bi

Blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week.

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To fête the release the Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette in 2006, Vogue enlisted Annie Leibovitz for an 18th-century-themed editorial starring Kirsten Dunst as the Dauphine. Photographed nowhere else but Versailles, Dunst is resplendent in designer interpretations of rococo fashions, descending the stairs of a gilded carriage and poised amongst members of her court all similarly done up in the pastel Easter egg colors typical of 18th-century dress.

Having built a reputation for reappropriating just about anything into its runway concoctions, the 2012 Victoria’s Secret fashion show presented a dress which resembled a McQueen gown worn by Dunst in the 2006 Vogue editorial.

Kirsten Dunst in Alexander McQueen for Vogue September 2006 by Annie Leibovitz

Kirsten Dunst in Alexander McQueen for Vogue September 2006 by Annie Leibovitz

Magdalena Frackowiak in the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Magdalena Frackowiak in the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show