A costume party at the Palace of Versailles allowed 630 guests to realize their 18th century dreams on Monday evening.
The annual event attracts fashion and history buffs from around the world.
“You really feel like you’re living in the era, in the 18th century, and the people are so beautiful. It’s really great to see people dressed up in beautiful costumes. Everyone plays a character, and I like it a lot,” said 45-year-old Isabelle Lapeyre.
This year’s theme “Marie Antoinette and Fashion” allowed guests to indulge in the decadence of the Queen’s controversial lifestyle. Visits to the private apartments of Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette are organised, as well as a trip to the apartments of Madame Pompadour, Louis’ mistress.
This 37-year-old Texan hairdresser who has always admired French fashion has long wanted to attend the party.
“It’s a dream. Where we’re from, we’re from Houston, Texas – we don’t have a lot of events that cater to that style of clothing, so it’s always been a dream for us to come here, and we were finally successful,” he said.
Guests paid between €150 and €510 for the event. Activities included Baroque dance lessons and guided tours, with the highest-paid attendees entitled to a private concert in the Queen’s Chamber.
The finale of the evening was marked by a grand closing ball, followed by fireworks in the palace gardens.
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most remarkable historical sites in France. Considered by the French both as a mark of their culture and a symbol of the flagrant injustice of the monarchy, the palace attracts more than 8 million visitors each year.