Stories, costumes and cake at Marie Antoinette night at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library

Côte Saint-Luc, February 5, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc presents a discussion with Caroline Weber, author of “Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution”, on Thursday, February 15 at 7pm at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.). Admission is $5.

The book tells the story of how Marie Antoinette’s clothing choices helped make (and unmake) her reputation, altering the course of French history.

The evening will be especially memorable as staff of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library will be dressed in period clothing to help create the feel of the late 1700s France.

“We are very luck to have author Caroline Weber fly in from New York to talk about this fascinating topic,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Anyone with an interest in French history, fashion or a good story will enjoy attending this event. I am also happy to report that cake will be served.”

A review in Publishers Weekly said this about the book: “As this prodigiously researched, deliciously detailed study (perfectly timed for the fall release of Sofia Coppola’s movie) of the doomed royal’s fashion statements demonstrates, her masculine equestrian garb, ostentatious costumes for masked balls, high Parisian hairdos and faux-country gear were bold bids for political power and personal freedom in a suffocating realm where a queen was merely a breeder and living symbol of her spouse’s glorious reign.”

Residents can learn more about the event by calling 514-485-6900.

About the Author
Caroline Weber is an associate professor of French at Barnard College, Columbia University. A specialist in eighteenth-century French literature, culture, and history, she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. Her other publications include Terror and Its Discontents, a well-received and widely taught book on the Reign of Terror; an edited volume of Yale French studies; and numerous articles. She lives with her husband in New York City.


For more information, contact: Mona Turner, 514-485-6926,


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