Versailles Costumes Didn’t Have to be “Historically Perfect”

Eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed plenty of liberties taken in creating the sumptuous costume drama Versailles. Now that series three is out we delve into some of the challenges that faced the team that recreated the most luxurious European court. Trystan Bass told the blog Frock Flicks “it’s clear that costume designer Madeline Fontaine was limited in … Read more

Fashion is for the Real Characters, not Royals

Dressing the stars will always be paramount to costume designers. But in the background the real sense of time and place are captured by the hundreds of minor characters and extras who form the setting of every production. “My work is much more character than fashion,” said Madeline Fontaine on dressing Versailles – ironically a drama centered … Read more

Inside the Versailles 18th Century Costume Ball

Every year the palace of Versailles opens its doors for the incredible Fêtes Galantes – a ball to recreate the French court of Louis XIV. The standard of dress is impeccably high as is the price tag to match. For many historical costumers Versailles represents the ultimate party in a venue that doesn’t normally allow costumes. … Read more

Keeping up with the Bourbons: Dressing Louis XIV in Versailles

Dressing George Blagden as Louis XIV in Versailles

The steamy and elaborate £21m series Versailles caused controversy in the UK when it first aired in 2016 with Sam Burnett of Mediawatch UK commenting “Dressing up pornography and violence in a cravat and tights doesn’t make it cultural.” Unfortunately for Burnett “dressing up” fails to do any justice to the massive effort of costume designer Madeline … Read more

Step Inside Long Island’s Own Versailles Palace

Versailles mansion palace long island

Shortly after the turn of the millennium, a 25-year-old college drop out had an idea to create the first blue liqueur on the market. Raphael Yakoby sold his flat and moved back into his parents’ house to sell his product Hypnotiq vodka by approaching restaurants door to door. When the brand took off his choice of millionaire … Read more