About the Production
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke II, Marie Antoinette was released in 1938. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Cedric Gibbons for Best Art Direction. The design drawings above were created by film illustrator Harry Johnson (See Bios). Costume designer Adrian Gile Steele visited France a year before filming to study fashion from the time period. He examined paintings, embroidery, and fabric to create wigs and costumes. Dresses were weighed down with diamonds, gold, and other precious gems and minerals. The wedding dress made for the film weighed over 108 pounds. Set decorator Henry Grace chose furniture from actual pieces of the time period.