The Fashion Monkey

A Staged Promenade through the Neues Palais

Samuel Wittwer

Samuel Wittwer

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

Copublished with the Foundation of Prussian Castles and Gardens, Berlin-Brandenburg, Translated by John Nicholson. With Photographs by Andreas von Einsiedel
128 pages | 105 color plates | 9 x 11 1/4 | © 2012
Cloth $29.95 ISBN: 9783777455518 Published February 2013 For sale in North America and Japan only
On the occasion of the three-hundredth anniversary of Frederick the Great’s birth, the Foundation of Prussian Castles and Gardens, Berlin-Brandenburg, restaged his one-act play, Le Singe de la Mode, or The Fashion Monkey. Written in 1742, The Fashion Monkey recounts the story of the fashion-obsessed Marquis de la Faridondière and his uncle’s attempt to put a stop to his free-spending ways by proposing that he marry the particularly thrifty maiden Adélaïde. In his quest for the latest fashions, the marquis must also address matters of philosophy.

For the festivities, Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave created and installed throughout Potsdam’s Neues Palais figurines whose papier-mâché frocks are near-perfect simulations of lavish lace, rich velvet, and rustling silk. With photographs by Andreas von Einsiedel, the book collects this ambitious work and supplements it with the play in its original French and an essay by the foundation’s director, Samuel Wittwer, on the intellectual environment of Frederick the Great, the cultural history of The Fashion Monkey, and the creation of de Borchgrave’s 2012 works.
Contents
Combined German/English Edition

Preface
Introduction
Up with the Curtain!
    Prologue
    The Bookseller
    The Architect
    The Portrait
    La Barberina
    The Letter
    The Dinner
    In the Alcove
    The Proposal
    The Marriage Contract
The Play
Setting the Stage
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