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What did Marie-Antoinette wear to the Revolution?

The Costume Society of America Southeastern Region will host its annual symposium 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. Caroline Weber, associate professor of French at Barnard College, will present the keynote address, “Queen of Fashion – What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution.”

Weber received a bachelor’s in literature from Harvard University in 1991 and a doctorate in French literature from Yale University in 1998. She is a specialist in 18th-century French culture and literature, with emphasis on the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. She is the author of several books, including “Terror and Its Discontents: Suspect Words and the French Revolution” (2003) and, more recently, “Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution” (2006).

Tickets are $10.

The program is hosted by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the College of William and Mary and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 4-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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