Kirstendun_richa_8764714_600Kirsten Dunst graces the cover of September Vogue wearing a towering white powdered wig and ballgown from the upcoming “Marie Antoinette” and a sly smirk.

Inside are more shots of the actress in more regal high fashion gowns designed by Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Milena Canonero, the film’s costume designer.

Judging from the… oh, let’s be polite and call it “mixed”… reactions to the film, which premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival, this is probably more than most will want to see of Dunst’s petulant pubescent queen act.

Dunst’s “Antoinette” director, Sofia Coppola, is also profiled (“Something About Sofia”) in the September issue of Vanity Fair.

Coppola, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the screenplay for her 2003 “Lost in Translation” and – more importantly – has had a Marc Jacobs handbag named for her, is dubbed “Hollywood Royalty” in the piece.

But at least the profile (fleetingly) addresses  her “controversial” new film (dubbed "a shallow film about shallow people" by one reviewer on IMDb) which did win an award or two at Cannes. Coppola’s movie revises/updates the historical tale by portraying the 14-year-old royal tart as a Paris Hilton-like party girl and the French court like a decadent Chateau Marmont penthouse party.

And the alt-pop score – songs from the Strokes, Gang of Four, the Cure, and Bow Wow Wow – also ups the film’s hipness quotient and gives it a thoroughly modern MTV video feel. Which is just what every revised historical film needs.

Enough with cake. Let them eat pop music.

Photo Credit: Kirsten and Sofia party hearty at the "Marie Antoinette" Cannes premiere. But will they still celebrate after the movie opens?
WireImage/Richard Lewis

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