The two brothers again ! Louis XIV and Philippe d’Orléans on the set of Versailles
Phillipe Duke Of Orléans , played by Alexander Vlahos in Versailles
I’ve seen this image going around, and I feel compelled to point out that it’s only half-right. It’s true that high heels were originally a masculine fashion, but they weren’t originally worn by butchers - nor for any other utilitarian purpose, for that matter.
High heels were worn by men for exactly the same reason they’re worn by women today: to display one’s legs to best effect. Until quite recently, shapely, well-toned calves and thighs were regarded as an absolute prerequisite for male attractiveness. That’s why you see so many paintings of famous men framed to show off their legs - like this one of George Washington displaying his fantastic calves:
… or this one of Louis XIV of France rocking a fabulous pair of red platform heels (check out those thighs!):
… or even this one of Charles I of England showing off his high-heeled riding boots - note, again, the visual emphasis on his well-formed calves:
In summary: were high heels originally worn by men? Yes. Were they worn to keep blood off their feet? No at all - they were worn for the same reason they’re worn today: to look fabulous.
so then how did they become a solo feminine item of attire?
A variety of reasons. In France, for example, high heels fell out out of favour in the court of Napoleon due to their association with aristocratic decadence, while in England, the more conservative fashions of the Victorian era regarded it as indecent for a man to openly display his calves.
But then, fashions come and go. The real question is why heels never came back into fashion for men - and that can be laid squarely at the feet of institutionalised homophobia. Essentially, heels for men were never revived because, by the early 20th Century, sexually provocative attire for men had come to be associated with homosexuality; the resulting moral panic ushered in an era of drab, blocky, fully concealing menswear in which a well-turned calf simply had no place - a setback from which men’s fashion has yet to fully recover.
FASHION HISTORY IS HUMAN HISTORY OK
Thank you, history side of tumblr. That “stay out of blood” thing has been driving me mad.
Huhuhu high heels history hey ? Well there-s some kind of a legend in France that Louis XIV’s brother, Philippe d’Orléans, was the “first” to wear rea heels. Monsieur, as he was called, was a very notorious homosexual, but more than that, he loved party over everything. So he oftenly used to go partying in Paris with his friends and lovers, go to one party to an other. One night he went by foot through Châtelet, which was at the time the slaughterhouses block, staining his shoes in blood spilled in the streets. Exhausted, and most certainly quite drunk, he went back home in the morning. As he was going to, bed a valet came to him saying that his brother the king asked for him immediately. Without changing, he went to his brother’s room in front of all the Court, talked with his brother and finally go back to his bed and slept. In the evening, he changed himself and went to the usual “Soirée en Appartement”. Monsieur was quite surprised to see that every courtier and his brother were wearing red heel. When he asked, the courtier watched him quite surprised as well : “But my lord, you were wearing them this very morning… The king liked it so much that everyone copied you.” So here are your red heels, because a young man was to drunk and lazy to see that he had blood everywhere on his heels.
Well Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s our first picture of Monsieur on set. So for those who are not use to Fifi, on the left Mister Louis XIV, Sun King, on the right Monsieur, Philippe d’Orléans, King of Transvestite on the set of Versailles. Played by George Blagden and Alexander Vlahos.
Alexander Vlahos as Monsieur on the set of Versailles
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"Monsieur, the King’s only brother, was no less attached than he to his mother, the Queen. He was by inclination as much disposed to the pursuits of women as the King was averse to them. He was well-made and handsome, but with a stature and type of beauty more fitting to a princess than to a prince: and he had taken more pains to have his beauty admired of all the world than to employ it for the conquest of women, despite the fact that he was continually among them. His vanity, it seemed, made him incapable of affection, save for himself…"
Anonyme a dit: Is it bookcanon that de Guiche used to bang Philippe just before Chevalier de Lorraine or the whole thing is just implied somewhere in the book?
1) I love your word choice—BANG ♡!
2) I think this goes beyond book canon; it’s a fact :P
There’s a similar question about it somewhere in my archive with a really long answer
because back then I was so into giving extended answers for no apparent reason :P
In my opinion, it’s clearly implied; remember, Le Vicomte.. was serialized during the 1840’s, so in the book de Guiche is never referred as Monsieur’s “lover”, only as “favorite (mignon)” or “close companion” or anyway, something like that.The nature of Monsieur’s relationship with de Lorraine on the other hand is sufficiently obvious, even for the standards of 19th-century popular literature :P
As a huge fan of Philippe D’Orleans, I am appalled at how he has been represented in contemporary film and tv. I’ve seen him as:
- a murderous bishie santa
- a walking nose clown
- a creepy peeper
- too tall
- a possessed wig adorned with bows
- a snarky moustached man with 80s Weird Al hair
Canal+… please don’t fuck this up.
Wait you mean he wasn’t just actually wig with googly eyes glued onto it?
My life is a lie.
(I agree though. Bout time Monsieur got some good portrayal.)
I’m a bit annoyed that he’s come along when I was making decent progress on my own script, but I am still so, so hopeful that he’s going to get the love and decent portrayal that he deserves at last!
I’m excited but at the same time I’m trying not to get my hopes too high. So far his eyes are already the wrong color, but the Vatel Philippe had the wrong eye color too but I loved that Philippe so…It could go either way.
Do you remember this picture you might have seen yesterday or the day before ?
You might have hope for something, like a new movie, or at least a short television serie. Well it’s even better.
IT’S GONNA BE A FULL SHOW delivered by Canal + and named Versailles. There’s gonna be 10 episodes for the first season which is gonna be released in 2015. A “first” season, mean there’s gonna be others ! :D
Filming started this August on the 18th at Versailles and is directed by Jalil Lespert (who directed Yves-Saint-Laurent 2014) for 6 months.
We know some names, without knowing the parts such as :Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Noémie Schmidt, Evan Williams, Anna Brewster (The Tudors), Sarah Winter (Reign), Anatole Taubman Pillars of Earth), Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story), Elisa Lasowski, Maddison Jaizani, Peter Hudson, Gilly Gilchrist.
BUT MOST OF ALL WE KNOW WHO IS GONNA PLAY LOUIS XIV AND MONSIEUR (yes Monsieur my dear followers YES !) - and Anne of Austria (and a courtesan named Beatrice).
The plot will be set in 1667, I guess that Anna of Austria will be there for flashbacks (since she’s supposed to be dead a year before and I hope they didn’t let this huge anachronism).
I’ve translate the show’s synopsis from Canal + site (sorry for mistakes) :
"Louis XIV is 28 years old. He starts building Versailles, to tame the aristocracy and impose his absolute power. Just like you lay a trap.
Louis XIV is a young king haunted by a childhood trauma, the Fronde, a Noble’s revolt against his father Louis XIII (that’s the text, I don’t agree with it because Louis XIII was dead since 5 years and so it was against Mazarin. Anyway…) Extraordinary Political strategist, manipulative, Machiavellian, he is going to “invent” Versailles to divert Nobles, keep them under control, and slowly, transform Versailles into a golden cage. He is also capable of romantic passion. But how can he live them as he is the greatest King in the world.
The first season sees the young king turn into the Sun King, King of Kings. Historical and fictional character, from the most known courtier to the humblest villager, guide us in a world of treason and intimate secrets, political plot and declaration of war, revealing Versailles in all its glory and roughness.”
1667 is a very good choice, because Louis XIV really started to rule as he wanted to since his mother death so I can only agree on this.
SOooo let’s go back on acting !! Did you recognise the actor on the first picture ? who IS Louis XIV.
He will be played by George Blagden better known as :
YUP ! Athelstan from the show Vikings.
Now for my favourite part, favourite because Monsieur is maybe gonna be an important character (I guess (I hope) he’s the second name given and the story is gonna focus around Louis’ younger life).
Monsieur will be played by Alexander Vlahos better known as :
Mordred from Merlin (I’m glad with him, because it could have been reaaaally awful, and Mordred was not bad as acting, now I’m just afraid that they’re gonna make monsieur only as the huge gay guy, childish, stupid and silly and that’s it, fingers crossed they won’t). Anyway there he is in the hall of mirror :
Anna of Austria will be played by Dominique Blanc who played Madame de Maintenon in The King’s Way a few years ago :
There she is with Jalil Lespert :
And Amira Casar who will played a courtier named Beatrice (that’s all we know for now).
How can I say ? That I am SUPER DUPER EXCITED !? Even if I fear this can be something wrong they finally gonna do what I always dreamed for : A SHOW ON LOUIS (AND MONSIEUR WHICH IS EVEN BETTER).