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La consommation vestimentaire d'une favorite royale dans la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècle : Madame du Barry, maîtresse de Louis XV (1768-1793)

Abstract : The countess du Barry is king Louis XV’s last mistress, from 1769 to the sovereign’s death in 1774. She then lives as a wealthy aristocrat exiled from the court, until her death in 1793. The purpose of this essay is to study how the clothing consumption of the countess du Barry conforms to curial standards, meets her personal tastes and says her special status as king’s mistress. All aspects of the countess’s clothing consumption are studied, from the money spent on the types of dresses, colors or fabrics. It is necessary to study these elements taking into account the specificities of Madame du Barry: she is a king’s mistress, her favor therefore depends entirely on the sovereign and her status makes her a special case at court just as her very modest birth makes her a unique case among the king’s mistresses. Even after Louis XV’s death, the countess remained different.She was no longer a member of the court but left her original social background. Her clothing consumption is therefore always specific.It should also not be forgotten that the curial society in which the countess’s clothing consumption is part is extremely codified.The countess du Barry must show her status and appearances are a very important way to achieve it.
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Hermeline Gils. La consommation vestimentaire d'une favorite royale dans la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècle : Madame du Barry, maîtresse de Louis XV (1768-1793). Histoire. 2021. ⟨dumas-03355010⟩

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