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La Robe &#224 la Française et la Robe l’Odalisque: wearing women’s clothing in The Rose of Versailles

King, E ORCID: 0000-0001-5725-1140 2021 , 'La Robe &#224 la Française et la Robe l’Odalisque: wearing women’s clothing in The Rose of Versailles' , Studies in Costume & Performance, vol. 6, no. 1 , pp. 29-47 , doi: 10.1386/scp_00034_1.

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Abstract

The androgynous heroine of Ikeda Ryoko’s manga The Rose of Versailles (1972‐73), Oscar Françoise de Jarjayes, is usually depicted in masculine, specifically military, attire. The sixth daughter of an important military colonel during the reign of Louis XVand Louis XVI, Oscar is raised as a son and follows her father into the military. Oscar is only ever depicted in one dress, known as the robe l’odalisque ‐ a gown that is adopted at a pivotal moment of character development. It is while wearing this dress, which Ikeda intendedto serve as a wedding dress, that Oscar comes to terms with her unrequited love for Marie Antoinette’s lover, Count Axel von Fersen. In doing so, Oscar places more importance on her allegiance to France than to romance. This article investigates the complicated gender and social politicsthat are symbolized by the choice to wear women’s clothing in The Rose of Versailles.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:King, E
Keywords: Rose of Versailles, manga, cross dressing, Rocco, dress, textiles
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Costume & Performance
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
ISSN: 2052-4021
DOI / ID Number: 10.1386/scp_00034_1
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