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Versailles + Monsieur Philippe d'Orléans [ep1]


Versailles + costumes

“ The Duke of Anjou [later Monsieur, Duke of Orleans] was made to occupy himself with only futilities and bagatelles. Very proud of his pretty face, he likes to decorate himself, he seeks out trinkets.  Nothing gives him greater pleasure than to be dressed as a woman.

Later, in a masked ball that he gives at the Palais-Royal, one Monday Gras, he is unable to resist the temptation of showing himself in clothing which, by displaying all his graces, makes him appear one of the prettiest people at the Court. After having opened the ball with Mlle de Brancas, he went to dress himself like a woman on the arm of the Chevalier de Lorraine. Men, when they think themselves beautiful, are twice as taken with their beauty than women. It is this same mania which makes him choose, in Court performances, the roles where he appears not as an actor, but as an actress.”