Rococo Revival

18th century opulence is taking hold of the design world

Leave it to Sofia Coppola and Madonna to bring the powdered wigs and the sumptuous decorative glory of the 18th century back into fashion. Coppola plans to make a movie out of Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette: The Journey. And Madonna is unearthing the corset again for her upcoming tour. On the decorative front, Ralph Lauren has created gold-plated flatware for his home collection, and Philippe Starck was inspired by Louis XV in his work for Baccarat and Kartell. Au revoir, finally, to minimalism. --By Amanda Greene

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