Was Marie Antoinette Killed Because of Her Fashion Sense?

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Marie Antoinette was both loved and then hated for her extravagant tastes, but she was not ultimately put to death because of her love for high fashion. That great love of style while her subjects lived much humbler lives did, however, negatively alter her subjects' view of her.

Marie Antoinette was still a teenager when she became Queen of France in 1774. She was enamored with France's high fashion world and her bold choices made her an icon in French fashion. Images of her outfits could be found in newspapers or collections of fashion plates. Her personal spending on frivolous matters ran counter to the majority of the French people, who were on the brink of starvation and outraged.

Her husband Louis XVI's inability to pull France out of debt further drove hostility toward Louis and Marie. They were both tried and convicted of treason of the French government and sentenced to death by decapitation. Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were beheaded by guillotine in 1793.