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Roundtable – Le Cocktail Français



Monday, October 17, 2016

6:30 p.m.



Luxury Clothing: The Changing Attitudes in pre-revolutionary France


The Roundtable – Le Cocktail Français – is honored to welcome Patricia Forelle, a major New York costume designer, who will guide us through the world of luxury clothing in 17th and 18th century France. Her work in costume design is inspired by the richness, beauty, and elegance of the period – not to mention the vanity, viciousness and evil that sometimes is hidden within this opulent society.


Dress in France was a manifestation of civility and the domain of the elite. Fashion reflected the hierarchy of society where etiquette ruled. Ms. Forelle will explain how the splendor of the aristocracy’s dress was controlled and how daily life often became theatre.


Ms. Forelle is a costume designer with a particular expertise in 17th and 18th century French culture. Her passion is court dance and dress and its effect on the development of French fashion and theatre. Ms. Forelle holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Boston College and an M.A. from New York University in French Language and Civilization. She was nominated in 2011 and 2014 for Outstanding Visual Design by the New York City Dance Awards. She divides her time between New York and France.


Her lecture included…


Louis XIV: dressed to rule


Monsieur: Louis’ beautiful brother


Mme de Sévigné: an insider known for her correspondence


Mme de Montespan: known for her beauty. A favorite mistress and mother of legitimized children.


the handsome Louis XV


Adelaide de Savoie: the captivating granddaughter in law of Louis XIV


Mme de Pompadour: seductive mistress of Louis XV


Fête champêtre enjoying dressing up!!


Love and Dress by Fragonard (as seen at the Frick)


Marie Antoinette sets the style


Queen Marie Antoinette