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Marie Antoinette VI

                                                                                                      from the shoe collection insprired by the esteemed fashion and costume plate series Galerie des Modes et Costumes Français, which first emerged during the reign of Marie Antoinette. This collection has been hailed as "the most beautiful assortment depicting eighteenth-century fashion." Capturing the essence of French elegance, these plates showcased real-life ensembles worn by the stylish women of Paris and the Royal Palace at Versailles, highlighting France's leading position in the world of fashion.

The shoes in question embrace the typical shape prevalent throughout the 1700s, featuring an exaggerated toe point and a high heel gracefully tucked under the arch, meticulously crafted to enhance the illusion of dainty and delicate feet.

The decoration adorning these shoes is a testament to the extravagant Rococo era. Drawing inspiration from two sea-themed fashion plates, I have interpreted the vibrant imagery through impressed and applied patterns, as well as an array of coloured glazes. To accentuate the intricate details, I have employed platinum as the precious metal of choice, adding luxury to the shoes. Along the top edge, delicate beads, reminiscent of iridescent mother-of-pearl, follow the sea theme.

Furthermore, the shoes pay homage to the sea-inspired motifs found in the man's costume, with delicate enamel decals adorning the toe, featuring depictions of shells and coral. Completing the design, an ornate Rococo-style cartouche elegantly frames the intricate decoration adorning the instep.

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