Proustfest Part 2 At Athenaeum

fortuny delphos (11.16) Friday’s Salon at the Athenaeum — “Proust’s Duchesse: The Making and Unmaking of a Society Style Icon” — continues the ‘Proust and fashion’ conversation started Tuesday (see below), this time with Columbia University Associate Professor of French Caroline Weber.

Weber examines Proust’s friendship with the three leading salon hostesses and taste-makers upon whom he based his novel’s iconic anti-heroine, the Duchesse de Guermantes, and the complex relationship between this fictional muse and her real-life counterparts. The importance of fashion and style in the Belle Epoque, including the rise of such couturiers as Fortuny, and the evolution in the nature of celebrity and social prestige at that moment, emerge as particularly important elements of the Duchesse’s – and her models’ – personae.

Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, November 16, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street

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