Very excited to announce that my book, Seven Sisters Style, will be published by Rizzoli next Spring (2014). Seven Sisters Style traces the fascinating style history of America’s most prestigious women’s ...
I had a lot of fun recently being interviewed by journalist Denise Winterman for her BBC News piece, “Fashion: History’s Most Shocking Styles.” Although there are any number of surprising trends to consider, I talked about the Bloomer Suit of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. To women of the time, bloomers seemed like a […]
It was my pleasure to return to my alma mater, St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls in Carshalton, recently. I was able to celebrate the achievements of current students and, I must say, the array of talents on display was wonderful. I was also able to give a speech and share some of the […]
My latest article for Ivy-Style is up now and it looks at the first female college touch football teams at Vassar in 1962. As it is Thanksgiving, I hope this gives you all some inspiration for a touch football game this afternoon! You can read the full article HERE.
Click HERE to read more about the Yale-Vassar connection between Karen and Richard Frede. Frede wrote Entry E in 1958, and here are the siblings at Karen’s graduation from Vassar one year later. IMAGE: Courtesy of Karen Frede Nangle ’56
My latest piece for Ivy-Style was a really fun project as, I met Richard Frede’s sister, Karen Frede Nangle, during my Vassar research. Karen graduated from Vassar in 1959, a few years after her brother graduated from Yale. This book is something of a pulp novel from 1958 that eventually became a bestseller and considers life and […]
If you were unable to get to see the exhibition, “Fashioning an Education: 150 Years of Vassar Students and What They Wore,” this summer, you can now see the virtual exhibition online HERE courtesy of the Vassar College Costume Collection. IMAGE: Courtesy of the Vassar College Costume Collection
I was thrilled to be able to write for Lizzie Garrett’s blog, and soon to be book published by Rizzoli, Tomboy Style. Earlier this month, I shared a snippet of one of my oral histories from Mira Lehr ’56, and an original photograph courtesy of her private collection. Click HERE for the full article.
I was recently asked to be a guest writer on Vassar’s style and culture magazine, Contrast, which was a lot of fun. You can read my article, “Bermudas and Blazers: Redefining the ‘Ivy Look’ at Vassar in the 1950s” online HERE. IMAGE: Courtesy of Contrast magazine
So, have you ever wanted to try out some of this iconic Vassar Style I’ve been talking about? Well, the writer Lizzie Garrett has created a shopping piece just for you. Head over to her blog, Tomboy Style, and get the Vassar look HERE.
The Vassar College Costume Collection’s Sesquicentennial exhibition is now on display and it was an honour to be involved. In the section on the 1950s, you can see two of the garments I collected during my research on display (a VC Blazer and an evening gown) and accompanying text from myself also. The faculty and […]