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original image taken with fujifinepix
manipulated in PS Elements 7
own stock used
model myself

HOW AWESOME IS THAT DRESS???
it originally was supposed to be a temporary, but I stitched it together thinking i could use it for an Alice in wonderland shoot, but then a strange twist. i watched Marie Antoinette and the dress took on the characteristics of the dress that Marie Antoinette wore in one of her more famous portraits

without meaning to, the image became a bit of a metaphor for the disaster she inevitably brought with her when she married the crown prince of France in 1770. Four years later she became queen when her husband was crowned King Louis XVI

The stories of Antoinette’s excesses are vastly overstated. In fact, rather than ignoring France’s growing financial crisis, she reduced the royal household staff, eliminating many unnecessary positions that were based solely on privilege. In the process she offended the nobles, adding their condemnation to the scandalous stories spread by royal hopefuls. It was the nobility that balked at the financial reforms the government ministers tried to make, not the King and Queen, who were in favor of change. In truth, Antoinette and Louis were placed in harms’ way not only by elements of their personalities, but by the changing face of political and social ideology in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 1789 a mob descended on the palace at Versailles and demanded the royal family move to the Tuilerie palace inside Paris. From that point on the King and Queen were virtual prisoners. Antoinette sought aid from other European rulers including her brother, the Austrian Emperor, and her sister, Queen of Naples. After a failed attempt to flee Paris in 1791 Antoinette continued to seek aid from abroad. When Austria and Prussia declared war on France, she was accused of passing military secrets to the enemy. On August 10, 1792 the royal family was arrested on suspicion of treason and imprisoned. On January 21, 1793 King Louis XVI was convicted and executed on the guillotine.

Marie Antoinette was cruely treated during her final days of captivity. Her best friend, the Princess de Lambelle, was killed and her severed head was put on a pike and paraded in front of the Queen.

Her children (Marie Therese and Louis XVII) were taken from her. Louis XVII was subjected to abuse by the family’s jailers and later died, supposedly of Tuberculosis and malnutrition. Marie Therese, her firstborn daughter was the only family member to survive.
Antoinette followed her husband to the guillotine on October 16, 1793. She was executed without proof of the crimes for which she was accused. She was only 37 years old.

I’m a fruit cake. a dark, professional one. be scared. or enthralled. either way enjoy

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Comments

  • Carol Berliner
    Carol Berlinerover 4 years ago

    Amaaaaaazing!Brilliant instant fav!

  • thankyou so much Carol =D
    xx

    – strawberries

  • John Edwards
    John Edwardsover 4 years ago

    Simply stunning!

  • thankyou John =D
    xx

    – strawberries

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image – thanks for including the info in your description. It adds a lot to the image.

  • thankyou =D
    and thats ok, without the info, think my image gets slightly lost, so it was necessary for your enjoyment =)

    – strawberries

  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 4 years ago

    So very moody, how great!

  • many thanks my friend =)

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  • Susie Hawkins
    Susie Hawkinsover 4 years ago

    WOW!! absolutely superb! The dress is stunning! :)))

  • thankyou, im glad you like it, and the dress =D

    – strawberries

  • dovey1968
    dovey1968over 4 years ago

    oh wow,this is fantastic ! wonderful piece of work :)

  • thankyou so much my friend =)
    xx

    – strawberries

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisover 4 years ago

    This is wonderful, awesome work!

  • why thankyou Shelly =D
    xx

    – strawberries

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    “A long, long kiss, a kiss of youth, and love.”
    {Lord Byron}

    A tremendous creation!!!!, Bill

  • “kisses are a better fate than wisdom.” {e.e. cummings}
    thanks so much Bill =D
    xx

    – strawberries

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrover 4 years ago

    Fantastic.. great shortage of models on this Isle .. this is awesome ..

  • thanks =)
    and that there is. it gets worse the further rural you get

    – strawberries

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    superb!!! :)

  • thankyou so much =D

    – strawberries

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