A Candy and Cake World
For the look of her film, Marie Antoinette, Sofia Coppola has said she wanted to conjure up a girlish fantasy, a "candy and cake world" inspired by Laduree's legendary, colorful, mouth-watering macaroons. The idea was to avoid the dusty-musty look often seen in period movies. Light, bright, succulent colors suggest youth and decadence, and are actually more representative of Marie Antoinette.
The lush visuals in the trailers have definitely caught my interest: I've revisited a few of the books on my shelves and flashed back to some papers I wrote in college. If you are curious about Marie Antoinette's aesthetic -- the fashion, the interiors, the gardens and the residences -- or want to learn more about Versailles, here are several good titles:
The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Palaces of the Sun King: Versailles, Trianon, Marly: The Chateaux of Louis XIV
Views and Plans of the Petit Trianon at Versailles
And BTW: Domino online has a fun little video about their Marie Antoinette-inspired photo shoot for the November issue.
Above, September cover of Vogue. Both the cover and a lavish feature story focused on Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette, marking the first time in 25 years that a magazine was permitted to photograph inside Versailles.