Marie-Antoinette and the color puce

Marie Antoinette Dress fragmentI wish to bring to your attention this excellent post at Glass of Fashion.

Indeed it is Louis XVI, with his wry sense of humor, who coined the term puce (which means “flea” in French) to describe the color of one of Marie-Antoinette’s dresses.

That was years before the French Revolution, but she obviously loved that shade of light brown: she still wore it while jailed at the tower of the Temple, as attested by this dress fragment sold at auction by Christie’s for a rather astonishing $76,000.

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