La Duchesse Corrine D'Avingnon
Corrine D’Avignon saved her family from destitution by entering into a marriage with the Duke D’avignon when she was thirteen years old. The Duke, although loving and devoted, was quite old, and the beautiful young duchess soon fell prey to the corrupt morals of aristocratic Versailles. She threw hundreds of lavish balls, wore a new dress every day, and, along with Marie Antoinette, became a symbol of excess during the rage of the French Revolution. She famously wore a 16-foot strand of pearls every day- “one pearl for every one of my lovers”—and it was with this strand of pearls that she was strangled while trying to flee Paris during the Reign of Terror.
The first layer of Corrine’s three-piece gown is a floral printed metallic silk overlaid with pleated nude solstiss lace. The next layer is a short-sleeved jacket and bustle made out of pale green silk shantung. The overskirt made from the same fabric is hand gathered in four places, and ties with a sash. She comes with silk slippers and her famous strand of ‘pearls’. Her powder white hand made kanekalon wig is permanently styled with thick barrel curls.
* This gown is taken from the last portrait Corrine had commissioned for her husband, the Duke.