Today in History for October 16th

Highlights of this day in history: John Brown raids Harper’s Ferry; France’s Marie Antoinette beheaded; John Paul II chosen as pope; Chile’s ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet detained; ‘Baby Jessica’ rescued; Novelist James Michener dies. (Oct. 16)

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Fashionable feathers: Italian designer’s life in plumes | AFP

Feathers have adorned the most glamorous of fashionistas throughout history, from Marie Antoinette to Lady Gaga, and one Italian octogenarian continues to fuel the fantasy.

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Marie-Antoinette, a popular icon explored through contemporary culture. | AFP

Marie-Antoinette may have lived centuries ago but she remains a fascinating figure in popular culture. Through cinema, contemporary art and the world of fashion, a new exhibition at the Conciergerie in Paris explores the many-layered representations of France’s last queen. “Marie-Antoinette, metamorphoses d’une image” runs from 16 October 2019 to 26 January 2020.

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Today in History for October 16th

Highlights of this day in history: John Brown raids Harper’s Ferry; France’s Marie Antoinette beheaded; John Paul II chosen as pope; Chile’s ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet detained; ‘Baby Jessica’ rescued; Novelist James Michener dies. (Oct. 16)

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Why Pearls Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Pearls come in many different colors and sizes, and these variables help determine their value. The most expensive pearl ever sold was Marie Antoinette’s pendant. It went for $32 million in a 2018 Sotheby’s auction. Celebrities like Rihanna, Uma Thurman, and Cardi B all adorned themselves in pearls for last year’s Met Gala.

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Today in History for October 16th

(16 Oct 2018) Highlights of this day in history: John Brown raids Harper’s Ferry; France’s Marie Antoinette beheaded; John Paul II chosen as pope; Chile’s ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet detained; ‘Baby Jessica’ rescued; Novelist James Michener dies. (Oct. 16)

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(12 Oct 2018) Here’s the latest for Friday, October 12th: Hurricane Michael death toll reaches 13; US Pastor Andrew Brunson released; Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation; Sotheby’s shows off Marie Antoinette jewels to be auctioned in Geneva.

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Marie Antoinette jewels to be auctioned

(12 Oct 2018) Sotheby’s says it’s auctioning a set of natural pearls that once belonged to the famed — or infamous — French queen Marie Antoinette, and have not been seen in public for two centuries. (Oct. 12)

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