"We had a beautiful dream and that was all..." - Marie Antoinette
Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film, Marie Antoinette, stylishly depicted the nineteen years the queen spent at the palace of Versailles. It was filmed largely on location, where the stunning surroundings and costumes became characters in their own right. Exquisitely costumed by Milena Canonero, she was given a box of macarons from Paris’ famous confectionary shop, Ladurée, as inspiration.
No doubt, after the film’s release, macarons actually became trendy. There was something about their lovely pastel hues and feminine packaging that made us want to dab on rouge and powder our hair (in a parlor adorned with gilded boiserie).
In Coppola’s film, history is seen from a very feminine, young woman’s point of view. The queen’s love for fashion and decorating particularly interested the director. “You’re considered superficial and silly if you’re interested in such things,” Coppola says. “But I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity.”
Indeed, we need to be frivolous at times. We need to enjoy delicious desserts, dress in frilly gowns and frolic about. We need to find inspiration in unlikely places, where our imaginations are allowed to be abundant, even lavish. Of course, discipline and subtlety are important for achieving the balance. Still, one can indulge in beautiful, opulent dreams.