Bobble Hat History in British Airways High Life Magazine

I recently wrote a short history on the bobble hat for the British Airways in-flight magazine, High Life, which focuses on, arguably, the most famous bobble hat wearer: Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. I picked up a couple of old Monkees cartoon books recently, and ‘the hat’ plays a big part in several comic strips […]

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A History of Heels for Company Magazine

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.

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BBC News: History’s Most Shocking Styles

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 […]

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What a Catch: Vassar Versus Ivies Touch Football

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.

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Entry E: Yale & Vassar Sibling Style

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

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Richard Frede’s Entry E, 1958

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 […]

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“Fashioning an Education” – Digital Exhibition

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

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