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Welcome to the most storied palace in the world, the glittering Château de Versailles. Recounting the most important historical, social, and cultural milestones of Versailles, beginning with the original proposal for a modest hunting lodge requested by Louis XIII in 1623, this volume encompasses the expansive property, from the palace and gardens to the Grand Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet. From the first great constructions under Louis XIV, to its reimagining by Louis-Philippe in 1837 as a museum dedicated to all the glories of France, Versailles has truly seen many momentous occasions, including diplomatic summits, scientific advancements, and renowned visitors over the centuries, from Mozart, Benjamin Franklin and Queen Victoria to Fred Astaire and the Kennedys, not to mention exhibitions of today’s great artists, beginning with Jeff Koons in 2008. Lavishly illustrated with archival images and beautiful photography, Versailles: From Louis XIV to Jeff Koons features insightful texts by Catherine Pégard, president of the Château de Versailles, with the collaboration of Mathieu da Vinha, scientific director of the Château de Versailles Research Center, revealing all the stories that have unfolded within this glorious monument. Signed by the author Catherine Pegard, this very exclusive version is presented in a velvet clamshell with a sculpted medallion of Louis XIV placed in the front of its case. The book will be limited to 100 copies and will include with each purchase, a private tour of Versailles led by a palace curator, including rooms not open to the general public (see FAQs for more details). In an effort to preserve the historical grandeur and beauty of Versailles, Assouline will donate 25% of each special edition purchased to the Château de Versailles. An impressive and magnificent addition to any library, this book also comes with an exclusive complimentary blue Assouline tote as well as white gloves to keep it pristine. Formerly editor in chief of Le Point newspaper, Catherine Pégard was appointed adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Since 2011 she has been president of the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles. Pégard was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2012. With a doctorate from the Sorbonne, Mathieu da Vinha is the author of numerous articles and books and a regular participant in interviews and broadcasts on the subject of Versailles. Specializing in matters of the court of France and the daily functioning of the Palace of Versailles under the Ancien Régime, he has published Le Versailles de Louis XIV (2009); Versailles pour les Nuls, co-written with Raphaël Masson (2011); Versailles: Histoire, dictionnaire et anthologie (co-director, 2015); Au service du roi: Dans les coulisses de Versailles (2015); Dans la Garde-robe de Marie-Antoinette (2018); and Vivre à la cour de Versailles en 100 questions (2018).

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The Château de Versailles—the indisputable birthplace of fashion—continues to inspire glamour and style today.The royal residence of Versailles—this unparalleled seat of power and seduction—is an important influence on contemporary fashion, inspiring passions and vocations. Since the establishment of the world’s first dress codes under the rule of Louis XIV to incite the whims of the queens and royal mistresses, fashion at Versailles has been a constant and inexhaustible source of inspiration for designers, photographers, decorators, and directors and has launched countless fashion revolutions.Courtesan Madame de Montespan launched the “innocente” robe to camouflage pregnancy, Sofia Coppola memorialized Marie-Antoinette in extravagant wigs and pastel hues, and Annie Leibovitz captured Kirsten Dunst in a delicate taffeta-and-chiffon Alexander McQueen gown against the dramatic backdrop of a peristyle at Versailles. Haute couture in the 1950s launched the cinched-waist “neo-trianon” trend. Karl Lagerfeld used the château’s gardens as the runway for his 2013 cruise collection featuring Versailles-influenced crinoline dresses and brocade jackets.This stunning volume showcases the best of fashion inspired by Versailles, set against the exquisite background of the most spectacular palace in the world. About The Author Journalist and fashion writer Laurence Benaïm has written many books including Lancel: Parisian Maison Since 1876, Women in Dior: Portraits of Elegance, Dior: The New Look Revolution, and a biography of Yves Saint Laurent. She created the style supplement for the newspaper Le Monde and has contributed to Vogue and Marie Claire. She is an editorial adviser for Le Figaro. Catherine Pégard is president of the public establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles.

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VERSAILLES 2 French photographer Ludwig Favre captured Versailles in the early morning fog. LUDWIG FAVRE Photographer Ludwig Favre was born in Senlis, France in 1976. Favre now lives and works in Paris. Art history, multimedia and audiovisual studies trained the photographer's eye, sensitive to the reproduction of picturesque landscapes. Ludwig captures the monumental architecture of Paris with the romantic eye of a Parisian. His pictures of California's iconic architecture and beaches carry the same romantic feel of a Parisian shooting exotic landscapes. Favre is know for his soft Palette, interesting crops and large scale photographs.

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