Let them eat cake!🍰
It’s a phrase that many assume that Marie Antoinette, Austrian born princess, whom married into the French monarchy and became queen way too young and met tragic ends, was supposed to have said, but it is a phrase that no one can prove ever left her lips!
According to the many biographies I’ve read, the phrase “let them eat cake” didn’t originate until the 1800’s, long after Marie’s reign, and it was often used by people to express displeasure with a monarch or anyone who was in charge. It’s a lot like some of the phrases we have adopted today for letting people know we don’t agree with the way our government is being run.🤷🏻♀️
I have always loved reading about Marie Antoinette, along with other historical figures, so I had been wanting to dress as her for Halloween for quite a while!
The biggest reason I hadn’t tried up until this point was one thing: the hair.
It can be a little daunting and intimidating. However, I had plenty of YouTube videos at my disposal, along with several binge watching sessions of the 2006 Kirsten Dunst Marie Antoinette movie(one of my favorite movies, actually!) under my belt, so I was ready to try it! 🍿✂️
Also, any excuse to eat cake, right?!😂 Even though Marie might not have uttered the famous saying, it has been said that she often had cake for breakfast. I can totally go with that.
So, basically, I went to an Etsy store that specializes in vintage cosmetics, LBCC Historical. I ordered some lavender scented powder and pomade like they would have used back in the 1700’s. For those who haven’t re-enacted or read historic or fictional literature from that time, pomadum is a lot like petroleum jelly and creates a barrier on the hair and it helps give the powder a little something more to stick to. These complicated 1700’s hairstyles also tend to do better on 3-4 day hair too! The more dry shampoo and hairspray, plus backcombing, THE BETTER. 🙌🏻
Marie Antoinette Style Hair:
Step 1: Have dirty hair. Texture is key. Backcomb it.
Step 2: Apply pomade, then curl the hair. A small curling iron will yield better results. Think Shirley Temple, tight curls.
Step 3: Bobby pin up curls and allow them to cool.
Step 4: Unpin curls, then powder. I also did some white hair spray because I wanted my hair more white.
Step 5: Now, you have to build height. My trick was using 3, round kitchen sponges bobby pinned in a stack and then attached to my head!😂 I just pulled my hair up and over that to hide them, placing the curls on top!
Step 6: Use soooo many bobby pins and sooo much hair spray to top it all off.
Step 7: Another key to this hairstyle is to accessorize! I got all of my extra accessories from the craft store! Some little clip on birds that were on clearance, some cheap, plastic, pearl beads that I pinned around my head, and some peacock feathers to stick out of the top! So easy!
As for the costume, I found it online!🙌🏻 It definitely wasn’t thrifted, like the majority of my wardrobe. It was around $80-$100 for the dress and hoop skirt, but since I thrift basically everything else I own, and I justified and told myself maybe I could go back to that 1800’s finishing school I attended that has balls sometimes or maybe I could wear it to Carnivale in Venice some day, I considered it a worthwhile splurge.🤷🏻♀️
My shoes were thrifted from a Goodwill though! I’ve had them a while and I thought they were perfect! They were only $3.99. And although white socks seem like an odd choice to go with them, that is what they most likely would have worn at Versailles in the French court days.
The earrings I have on were some I previously owned and the fan was picked up at an asian market in my hometown for $1.
This was such a fun costume and historical cosplay to do for Halloween!🎃🙌🏻 It’s definitely one of the more elaborate ones I’ve attempted in quite a while! I seriously think I was born in the wrong time period sometimes.
I hope all my readers have a Happy Halloween! Tell me what you are dressing up as in the comments!👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
Some Additional Facts About Marie Antoinette:
1. Marie was a trendsetter. Her hairstylist, Leonard, helped create her iconic, tall hairstyle that she became known for. These elaborate hairstyles became a way for women of the French court to express themselves. Marie even once had a full scale model of a ship in her hair!
2. Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis didn’t consummate their marriage for at least 7 years!😳According to court documents, both of them were kind of blunderers, but they were also around 14 when they married! It is also said that Louis was not particularly handsome, but more than that, he was kind of boring! His two main passions were locks and hunting.
3. Marie was one of 15 children. Her mother, Maria Theresa, often joked that she conquered the world through “marriages” instead of wars, marrying all of her children off to royalty or people with titles of importance!
4. Marie was a terrible student. She hated to read or really apply herself to anything, except maybe music. She often complained of boredom. When she came to Versailles, she was always in search of the next thing to entertain herself.
5. Marie Antoinette became queen of France at only 19 years old.
6.When the people of France were starving, Marie Antoinette actually had Petit Hameau built, a replica of a village, where she pretty much just pretended to be a peasant.😱 It is sad. Some historians sympathize and say she was always very childish and just did not know how to rule. Others say she knew how to rule, but chose not to because she was only concerned with entertaining herself.
7. We have Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI to thank for American Independence. During the American Revolution, France sent funds to America, but it wasn’t so much to help us as it was to stick it to the British.😂 However, one could argue that those funds helped us win the war for freedom! However, it would also be the further undoing of the French monarchy, which was heavily in debt at the time. It is also said that the American Revolution greatly influenced the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille.
8.Marie Antoinette was beheaded for some allegedly untrue crimes, but mostly, for failing the people of France. She was only 37 years old.