Rebecca C. Tuite

Fashion historian & author

Rebecca C. Tuite


Rebecca C. Tuite is a fashion historian and writer. She is the author of Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look (Rizzoli), which has garnered press attention worldwide and been featured in publications including The Wall Street JournalParis Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Rebecca is also the author of, 1950s in Vogue: The Jessica Daves Years, 1952-1962, forthcoming from Thames & Hudson in Fall 2019. With exquisite illustrations and fascinating archival materials and correspondence, 1950s in Vogue is the very first book to craft the comprehensive story of Daves’s time at the helm of U.S. Vogue.

Rebecca has served as a fashion history consultant and expert for print articles and television segments for the BBC, DuJour, The Huffington Post, Racked, Bloomberg, The Business of Fashion, The Travel Channel and CNN, among others. Making fashion history both accessible and relevant, Rebecca can be relied upon to provide answers to such burning questions as: What do Britney Spears and Rory Gilmore of Gilmore Girls have in common? Why should blue and green never be seen? What are history’s most shocking style moments? She has also provided insight into, among other things, the history of sorority girl fashion in the U.S., the history of the bobble hat, the world of Tiffany & Co jewelry, Ralph Lauren’s fashion empire, the history of preppy and Ivy League clothing and its influence across the globe, and the continued allure of ladylike fashions from the 1950s.

Rebecca has been invited to speak on fashion history topics at such cultural and artistic institutions as the Fashion and Textile Museum (London, England) Phoenix Art Museum (for the Arizona Costume Institute), and the National Arts Club of New York City. 

Rebecca is also a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center and Gallery and is working toward her PhD in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture. She has also extensively written and presented on Sylvia Plath and fashion, and is regularly called upon for her film and costume history expertise.

Rebecca graduated from the University of Exeter (UK) with a First Class Honours degree in English, completing part of her undergraduate studies at Vassar College in New York. She also holds a Masters Degree in Fashion Journalism (Distinction Honours) from the University of the Arts – London College of Fashion.

Rebecca is originally from Surrey, England and now lives in West Hollywood, CA with her husband, Alec Helm, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Audrey.