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Marie Antoinette, 1780s Marie Antoinette popularized the plain white linen dress in the 1780s. The dress was often worn with a decorative ribbon sash that cinched the waist and a hat, decorated with feathers, ribbons and other little pieces of extravagance. The trend spread through the French aristocracy like wildfire - even Antoinette's arch-rival, Madame du Barry, was painted in a similar pastoral costume. Unfortunately for Antoinette, this loose, informal dress was seen as scandalous...
Dauphin Louis Joseph Xavier of France, second child and first son of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, 1787 Oil on canvas, Versailles. Here, little Louis Josephin points to the empty cradle, indicating the recent death of his younger sister, Sophie Hélène Béatrice de France.