8. Dressing for Revolution: Dress in the Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin

In honor of Bastille Day we talk to Sam Neuberg about the French Revolution and the fascinating life of Madame de La Tour du Pin, a courtier of Queen Marie Antoinette. Sam recounts Madame's life at court and reveals how she used clothing as a tool to survive the French Revolution.

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Image: Alexis Chataignier, Ah! Quelle Antiquité!!!" "Oh! Quelle Folie Que La Nouveauté...., 1790-1800, etching with hand applied color, 15.5 x 21 in. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, 1989.342.

Henriette Lucie Dillon marquise de La Tour du Pin Gouvernet, ed. Felice Harcourt, Memoirs of Madame de la Tour Du Pin: Laughing and Dancing Our Way to the Precipice, (Michigan: Harvill, 1999).

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