Adornment and Concealment

How to Fashion a Neoclassical Queen

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This heroine who inspired a nation’s resistance to Napoleonic globalization was pretty as a picture. She loved clothes for their own sake as much as for their symbolic value in propaganda. Like many a girly-girl, she had balls. After her death she was neutered. For over a hundred years, a series of mutations, adapted to reactionary politics and fascist myth, obscured the real woman and her self-made images almost entirely from view.

FULL TEXT reblogged from a contrablog, 2012

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WHO IS LOUISE? WHAT IS SHE?

crownprinzessinnenfrontSchadow Prinzessinnengruppe (Crown Princess Louise and her younger sister Princess Frederica of Prussia) 1796 -7. Image: WGA

THE HUSBAND WHO LOVED UNIFORMS

BEING THE HEROINE’S SISTER

LOUISE OF PRUSSIA AND IMAGES OF FEMALE POWER

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4 comments on “Adornment and Concealment

  1. Fascinating portrait of a remarkable woman. I knew very little about her, and it was interesting to read how she became “neutered” after death. You’ve spurred me to do more research on her. 🙂

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Sorry to hear that, Pippa. I had no idea things were that bad of course. I can only send my sincere hope that something improves for you soon. x

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  3. PJR says:

    You are marvellous, not me. I’m showing nothing but repeats. No home Internet at the moment, and soon no home. WordPress isn’t notifying me of anybody’s posts. Love from limbo x

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  4. beetleypete says:

    Nice to see you back, and with a re-blog that I hadn’t seen. Another captivating view of a woman who shaped not only the fashion of the day, but history itself. Marvellous as always.
    As ever, Pete. x

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