A STUDY ON COSTUME DESIGN | Marie Antoinette (2006): costumes by Milena Canonero
#7. Maturity dresses: worn during Marie Antoinette’s last years in Versailles.
As Marie Antoinette faces losses and mournings and the hatred of the dissatisfied French people towards the royalty grows with each passing day, the mise-en-scène of the film becomes darkened and gloomy.
In these final sequences the character’s gowns look stricter and more formal; heavy fabrics in dark and dusty colors match her state of mind during her last moments at court.
The frame of Marie Antoinette’s wrecked apartment in the aftermath of the march on Versailles grimly closes the movie.
Rousseau says, “If we assume man has been corrupted by an artificial civilization, what is the natural state? The state of nature, for which he has been removed? Imagine. Wandering up and down the forest without industry, without speech, and without home.” - Marie Antoinette, 2006.
“It did help to have the corset on, because then it felt like she was a little bird trying to get out of all these restrictions. I wore my corsets for Versailles and then as soon as we went to the Petit Trianon phase I didn’t wear any corsets.” — Kirsten Dunst.