Curator Socks

Marie-Antoinette Socks

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Artist:  Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Created: 1783

Dimensions (cm): 116.8 × 88.9

Format: Oil on canvas

Location: Palace of Versailles, Versailles


Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna von Österreich-Lothringen, aka Marie Antoinette.
In her day she was demonized as a corrupt foreign sex freak, a smear campaign that helped fuel the French Revolution.
In this day and age her hard-partying, high fashion, and intense romantic friendships would've landed her at the very least her own reality show and armies of devout instagram followers.


Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was a self-made 18th-century French artist in a male-dominated world. Although she was a prolific painter, she is mostly known for her portraits of Marie-Antoinette.

Madame Le Brun caught the Queen's eye for the way her portraits flattered the sitters, giving them an understated glamorous appearance. Her Majesty became one of Le Brun's best customers - but not without scandal. The biggest one sparked by a painting of the royal in a simple, loose-fitting dress that sparked outrage for its informality and inelegance - 'Marie-Antoinette in a Muslin Dress'.

A month after Vigée Le Brun was ordered to remove the picture of the Queen in a chemise dress from the Salon. She then installed this new, larger, and more formal portrait of Marie Antoinette. The Queen sits in the same pose, with the same expression only now attired in the epitome of decorum and taste, holding up a blooming pink cabbage rose, her signature flower.
This second portrait was received with great acclaim and several replicas of it were made.

And to that we say, let them have socks.

 


80% Combed Cotton, 17% Polyamide, 3% Elastane.
Made in Portugal using the most advanced craftsmanship to produce the finest seamless socks.

Wash inside out (40ºC/100ºF max). Do not tumble dry, iron.

SIZE GUIDE:
For men:
- Large: L: 41-46 UK (7½-11½) US (8-12)
- Medium: M: 36-40 UK (4-7) US (4½-7½)

For women:
- Large:  L: 41-46 UK (7½-11½) US (10-12½)
- Medium:  M: 36-40 UK (4-7) US (6-9½) 
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