Seven Sisters Style is now on sale! But to get a little sneak peek inside, you can watch my new book trailer – I give you an introduction to the ...
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 colleges, “The Seven Sisters” - Vassar, Wellesley, Smith, Radcliffe, Mount Holyoke, Barnard and Bryn Mawr. Filled with wonderful images, Seven Sisters Style explores how young female collegians […]
As fashion week rolls around, BBC Magazine journalist, Denise Winterman has written a piece asking if there really are rules when it comes to what to wear. I was kindly asked, with several other fashion historians and experts, to contribute my opinions on where some of these rules came from throughout history, why they exist, […]
Having loved Julien Dedman’s cartoon parody of Yale life for some time now, I was thrilled to write a little piece about Boola Boola! A Satirical Peek at Yale for Ivy Style. You can read it HERE.
My article, “Fashioning the 1950s Vassar Girl: Vassar Student Identity and Campus Dress, 1947-1960,” is in the June 2013 issue of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. ABSTRACT: In 1957, Clifford Coffin photographed real Vassar students as models for the annual Vogue college issue. High fashion and elite education were combined and the […]
The British journalist, Kerry Potter, recently wrote a piece all about the ‘rise of the midi-heel’ for COMPANY magazine in the UK and interviewed me for the article. Have a read of Kerry’s great article, including some of my musings! Image of “Heels Timeline” Courtesy of COMPANY magazine.
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 […]