Marie Antoinette in a super fashionable redingote gown

16 January 2012

A beautiful drawing of Marie Antoinette from around 1780. It is not known who drew this portrait but it was sent as a present from Axel de Fersen to his beloved sister Sophie. A redingote, as worn here by the Queen was a very popular style of dress in the 1780s – the name comes from the English ‘riding coat’, which they were based upon. It was generally accepted at the time that the very best riding habits came from London and so fashionable Parisian ladies would send across the channel for them.