Rebecca C. Tuite is a London-born fashion historian and writer based in West Hollywood, CA. She is a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center and Gallery and is working toward her PhD in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture. Her research interests include film and fashion, ready-to-wear fashion, fashion photography, twentieth-century American fashion, as well as the history of women’s education in the United States, with a particular focus on the clothing and campus culture at the Seven Sisters Colleges. She has also written and presented on Sylvia Plath and fashion.
Rebecca is the author of Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look (Rizzoli International Publications http://amzn.to/17K4uis), which has garnered press attention worldwide and been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Paris Vogue, and Vanity Fair. She is working on her second book, The 1950s in Vogue: The Jessica Daves Years, 1952-1962, forthcoming from Thames & Hudson in 2019.
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, where she concentrated on twentieth century American womenswear and the women’s collegiate experience in the US at the midcentury.
As an academic, Rebecca continues to present her original research at international conferences, most recently speaking at the 2017 Sylvia Plath Conference, “Sylvia Plath: Words, Letters and Fragments,” at Ulster University, Belfast, Ireland. She has also won Best Paper at the James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Rebecca remains engaged with her work as a curator and has been featured as a contributing researcher and writer in the exhibition, “Fashioning an Education: 150 Years of Vassar Students and What they Wore,” which became a simultaneous digital exhibition at the Palmer Gallery at Vassar College. The collection included garments sourced and preserved from Rebecca’s own study of Vassar College clothing, which she donated to the Vassar College Costume Collection.
After stints at Harper’s Bazaar, Vera Wang and Teen Vogue in Manhattan, Rebecca’s writing has been featured online and in print all over the world. Rebecca is also a contributing writer at Ivy-Style, where she regularly writes about the Seven Sisters college experience, fashion and culture at the mid-century, as well as being recognised as an authority on the history of Vassar Style and she is working on her academic manuscript, Vassar Style: Fashion, Feminism and 1950s American Media.
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