A trip to France in 2013 left me intrigued to learn more about its history and the colourful characters that enriched the theatre of its history. In particular, the era of unabashed excess which led to the French Revolution has provided vast inspiration for some personal design work that I've been working on including this poster of my current historical muse Marie Antoinette
After enrolling in a post-secondary course on the subject, I used the opportunity to re-enforce what I was learning by developing art pieces and infographics on various aspects of French history. This unpublished piece depicts the romantic/tragic icon and Queen. As the noise of her reputation incited revolt, she acquiesced to her fate. While never actually uttering the infamous line of "let them eat cake", it feels fitting that this would be a response to the vicious rumours that sealed it.
The poster is a commentary on not letting the noise of one's reputation silence true self.
Bold, modern colours contrast and conflict the black-and-white portrait of Marie Antoinette (originally painted in 1775 by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty). A typographic cloud surrounds her depicting the noise of her reputation and persona during the time of the revolution. Softly on her closed lips sit the words "Let Them Eat Cake", an infamous (if incorrect) attribute to the Queen that in this instance acts as an empowering phrase for those being crucified for their lifestyle.