Thursday, September 25, 2014

Women’s Colleges Hidden Treasures

Consider this hidden treasure: The Smith College Historic Clothing Collection.
 "The Smith College Historic Costume Collection is an archive of clothing and accessories of women in the United States from 1800 to the present and from a range of social classes. It is a resource for students and scholars of costume design, the history of dress and material culture, art and literary history, and curatorial practices. Founded in 1979, the Collection includes over 1000 objects; most of these are donations from Smith College Alumnae."

Below is the video, "Stitched in Time: The Smith College Historic Clothing Collection" for your enjoyment. 

This is an exciting collection and one I’m sure you'll want to investigate further. Take for example this dress worn by a student in the first graduating class of Smith College.
For additional resources and links visit here, as well as this historic clothing collection (Smith Digital Collection) resource.

To learn more about this women's college, Smith College, located in Northampton, MA, visit the college Web site.

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