About the Book
Written to accompany the High Fashion museum exhibition 'Marie Antoinette; Styling the 18th Century Superstar', created by stylist and fashion designer Jeffrey C. Mayer for the I.M. Pei designed Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. This book discusses the style impact that Marie Antoinette had on fashion in the 18th century, and how those style aesthetics can be applied to 20th and 21st-century fashion. The book is filled with photos by photographer Stephen Sartori, and styled by Jeffrey Mayer, using mannequins by Adele Rootstein and Patina V to depict vignettes inspired by the anything but average life of this young queen of France showcasing American and European couture from the 1950's to the present, including work by Valentino, Chanel, Balenciaga, Norell and Scaasi. The layout was designed by graphic artist Todd Conover who takes the reader on an elegant journey through this eclectic look at the aesthetics of 18th century fashion.
Also included is an overview of the fashion sense of the other Austrian 18th century Superstar, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as seen through the Mozart family letters and discussed by music and fashion historian Carolyn Mayer.
B.S., M.S. Fashion Design/Museum Studies, Jeffrey has been a Professor of Fashion History and Fashion Design at Syracuse University since 1992, now located in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, but has spent his entire life as a Fashion Designer and Stylist. He has worked extensively in London and Paris, as well as Washington D.C., NYC and Portland, Oregon.