On the trip to Château de Versailles, I came across these statues. The long hallway was decorated with these white statues of men dressed in fine robes. Their robes signified to me the important roles they must of held in the royal court of Louis XIV. Wearing clothing that would not only reflect them and their roles, but clothing that would also reflect the king. It may seem odd to add lace embellishments to these men of high status garments but with the dual nature of lace I could see how these embellishment would be added. Having lace on their robes showed what I believe to be a sign of priority and pious.

On the trip to Château de Versailles, I came across these statues. The long hallway was decorated with these white statues of men dressed in fine robes. Their robes signified to me the important roles they must of held in the royal court of Louis XIV. Wearing clothing that would not only reflect them and their roles, but clothing that would also reflect the king. It may seem odd to add lace embellishments to these men of high status garments but with the dual nature of lace I could see how these embellishment would be added. Having lace on their robes showed what I believe to be a sign of priority and pious.

Lace thoughts in Paris:

So I found out the French word for lace is dentelle. Usually domestic words like something so decorative as lace are much similar in spelling. For example, the word tapestry in French is tapisserie. Dents, in French means teeth, while the word elle means she. Maybe because lace leans toward being white or ivory in color and is associated with femininity, is how this textile material got it’s name. But if English and French both derive from Latin and border on similar spelling, sometimes for domesticated meanings, so why are the words spelt so different?

Napoleon Bonaparte, was not the only historical figure to leave a mark on France, but so ways the woman behind the man, Joséphine. Now in Paris at the Musée du Luxemourg (Luxembourg Museum), is an exhibition which houses many objects from Joséphine’s life which were donated by several collections including the place she called home in the last days of her life, Château de Malmaison. The collection of objects showcases her taste, style, femininity, and the mark she left in the field of arts and on France. The exhibition, presented for the bicentennial of her death, is the first exhibition to be dedicated to her in France. The objects all reflect the neoclassical style of the era, while pushing forward the idea of high moral refinement. She was a woman to be in awe of who also had great style. Photographed above it a gown worn by her that was presented in the exhibition. I could not help but notice the lace embellishments on the precious  garment. I believe it only fitting that a woman of her stature would ware this elegant and expensive item. She has helped make French style something to be envied around the world, which still has a present influence even long after her death. Writer Katie Williams describes Joséphine as a legendary seductress, intelligent, a woman ambitious for power, and a style icon. #Joséphine#Paris#Lace#LuxembourgMuseum

Napoleon Bonaparte, was not the only historical figure to leave a mark on France, but so ways the woman behind the man, Joséphine. Now in Paris at the Musée du Luxemourg (Luxembourg Museum), is an exhibition which houses many objects from Joséphine’s life which were donated by several collections including the place she called home in the last days of her life, Château de Malmaison. The collection of objects showcases her taste, style, femininity, and the mark she left in the field of arts and on France. The exhibition, presented for the bicentennial of her death, is the first exhibition to be dedicated to her in France. The objects all reflect the neoclassical style of the era, while pushing forward the idea of high moral refinement. She was a woman to be in awe of who also had great style. Photographed above it a gown worn by her that was presented in the exhibition. I could not help but notice the lace embellishments on the precious garment. I believe it only fitting that a woman of her stature would ware this elegant and expensive item. She has helped make French style something to be envied around the world, which still has a present influence even long after her death. Writer Katie Williams describes Joséphine as a legendary seductress, intelligent, a woman ambitious for power, and a style icon. #Joséphine#Paris#Lace#LuxembourgMuseum

While here in Paris I’m surrounded by historical figures. One of the few here with such a large mark is Napoleon. The city of Paris would not be the same without his influence. He lingers in the architecture at places like the Louvre, where inside there are Neoclassical paintings depicting him as a virtuous and compassionate leader. Then there is also Les Invalides, which houses the tomb of Napoleon. As a man who was not even born in France and of Italian descent Napoleon cultivated the idea of French taste. It was his idea to use perfume for something other then medical uses. This action has made flowery fragrance a must in our popular culture. He held himself and France to a higher stander then the rest. This has and continuously influences others around the world. He was successful because the idea of French style is something Americans and others still aspire too, even today. Walking around Paris I have not only noticed the use of lace in homes but in boutiques. Many women walking around the city wear lace dresses, shirts, jackets, shorts and even lace decorated shoes. If lace did not have a fashionable elegant presents in Paris, I don’t think it would be so popularized and sought after in the rest of the world. And I firmly believe if it wasn’t for influences like Napoleon the idea of French taste would not be in high demand. There is a French couture standard that feel being here in Paris.

While here in Paris I’m surrounded by historical figures. One of the few here with such a large mark is Napoleon. The city of Paris would not be the same without his influence. He lingers in the architecture at places like the Louvre, where inside there are Neoclassical paintings depicting him as a virtuous and compassionate leader. Then there is also Les Invalides, which houses the tomb of Napoleon. As a man who was not even born in France and of Italian descent Napoleon cultivated the idea of French taste. It was his idea to use perfume for something other then medical uses. This action has made flowery fragrance a must in our popular culture. He held himself and France to a higher stander then the rest. This has and continuously influences others around the world. He was successful because the idea of French style is something Americans and others still aspire too, even today. Walking around Paris I have not only noticed the use of lace in homes but in boutiques. Many women walking around the city wear lace dresses, shirts, jackets, shorts and even lace decorated shoes. If lace did not have a fashionable elegant presents in Paris, I don’t think it would be so popularized and sought after in the rest of the world. And I firmly believe if it wasn’t for influences like Napoleon the idea of French taste would not be in high demand. There is a French couture standard that feel being here in Paris.