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Rubelli Fabrics dress Oscar winner Marie Antoinette

Mar '07
Fragole, San Marco and Cuoridoro are the names of the Rubelli fabrics chosen by Milena Canonero for the film Marie Antoinette, winner of the 79th Academy Award for best costume design.

The Venetian company Rubelli, whose history spans more than 150 years and which specialises in the creation of high-end fabrics for interior design, was one of the fabrics producers chosen by the costumer designer from Turin to create the costumes and sets for the film Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola.

This is not the first time that Rubelli has supplied products for major film productions.

For the costumes for Marie Antoinette Milena Canonero used many sketches from the period and designed the wardrobe for the entire court. For the young Austrian queen she chose Fragole, a silk liseré from the extensive Rubelli production range, designed by the Venice company more than twenty years ago and already an Oscar winner in 1988 with the film Dangerous Liaisons.

The fabric takes its inspiration from eighteenth-century embroidery that originally decorated a waistcoat currently housed in the Musei Civici Veneziani in Venice. A typical design for clothing of the second half of the eighteenth century, Rubelli reinterpreted it using a complex construction known as “liseré” which involves the use of two warps, one for the decoration and the other for the ground.

Just like for the character of Cécile de Volanges, played by a very young Uma Thurman in Dangerous Liaisons, for Queen Marie Antoinette, played by Kirsten Dunst, the Fragole fabric was used to make the andrienne, a typical eighteenth-century dress that was very fashionable in the most important courts of Europe.

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