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Joan DeJean

Originally posted July 2006

The Essence of Style

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Why does the world turn to France as the arbiter of all things chic and sophisticated? Why, indeed, has France been the trendsetter for 300 years? French historian Joan DeJean digs into how Louis XIV made France the world's most stylish nation, in her book "The Essence of Style."

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