After several years away, I suddenly got a whim to write a post. French history isn't in the forefront of my mind these days, so here are some scraps.
This book exists in the care of Comtesse d'Ossun according to Antonia Frasier's "Marie Antoinette: The Journey." Ms. Frasier described examining it wearing gloves and with a vigilant gendarme at her shoulder.
As the trend toward more casual, less confining, clothing developed, Marie Antoinette began to wear simple muslin dresses, embellished with ribbon, tied with a sash, often topped with a straw hat. This relaxing of rules and dress was a source of criticism as was just about everything else she did.
Each morning, the book was presented to Marie Antoinette by her Mistress of the Robes. The Queen would make her selection from the swatches, perhaps something in mauve, pale gray or light blue, by pricking the book with a straight pin from the pin cushion reserved for this purpose. After she indicated her preference, the three porters would carry the clothes into her bedchamber in a large basket covered with green taffeta and the morning dressing ritual would begin. Afterwards, I suppose, she may've walked through her gardens, visited the Petit Trianon or played with her children at l"Hameau. The days between her initial arrival at court and the onset of the Revolution were relatively peaceful for the young mother.