First there was the Queen. Then there was the Movie. Icing on the Cake? The Zine.
The collaborative zine, hosted by Anahata Katkin and Lynne Perrella, arrived recently, packed with pretty paper and lace, and filled with many lovely extras, some seen above. It was an event to open and pour through all the enclosures, then enjoy all the pages. This was an over-the-top presentation of a group project, meant to be devoured with a tray of petit fours.
One of my favorite things about True Colors, was writing about, and reading, everyone's comments about making their pages - and we did this for the zine. You can see additional glimpses on Anahata's blog, and hopefully some of the other players will post their pages too.
You have to visit the Marie Antoinette official movie site HERE. It's a riot of information and extras. I found this youtube clip of the behind-the-scenes at the Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vogue. You didn't miss that issue last September did you?
My editorial for creating my Marie Zine submission:
I won't show you the initial attempts where I went all Goth and even gave Marie stitches across her neck (hey, she was beheaded, why not?). Didn't think the zine girls would appreciate my entry since I knew most of them were going for "pretty". Settled on being a little radical, in the spirit of the film.
And my finished piece, composed digitally:
I loved reading on the official site that Sofia Coppola "found inspiration from modern resources as well as the New Romantic pop music movement of the 1980s which was itself heavily influenced by 18th century ideals of extravagance. Artists like Bow Wow Wow (I Want Candy) and Adam Ant celebrated glamour, luxurious fashion and hedonistic fun....." She went on to say she wanted a playful version of history that reflects teenagers in a decadent time.
Great choice of using contemporary music in a film that wasn't trying to be a historical documentary. I think Sofia would get a kick out of Marie having a tattoo, don't you? It's " X V I " for her husband Louis XVI of course!
EDIT: See additional blog and web entries on the Marie zine: