Contemporary artists, fashion designers, and filmmakers often imagine Marie Antoinette as an eighteenth-century Imelda Marcos or Carrie Bradshaw, obsessed with shoes. But while the queen undoubtedly owned many shoes, there is no evidence that she favored them over any other item of clothing. Like “Let them eat cake,” her shoe lust is a myth that persists because it perfectly fits our notions of her greed and frivolity. It may also stem from the fact that several shoes are among the relatively few articles of clothing belonging to the queen that survive today, and many have made headlines by drawing record prices at auctions. In this virtual talk, Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell will explore the myths and realities of Marie-Antoinette’s shoe collection followed by a Q&A with Director & Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack.