Category Archives: Student Voices

Clothed in Meaning: A Personal Journey in the History of Fashion

Today we are happy and excited to present a guest post from Noelle Reilly,  a senior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, studying History and Anthropology.  Noelle was a student this summer in the Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program, … Continue reading

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Spending a semester where fashion and technology intertwine

Next up in our series of posts from students in the first-year seminar “From Cotton to Kevlar” is one from Kate Grynkiewicz. Like many students in the course, she enrolled on a whim, but came away with some surprising insights. … Continue reading

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From Rudolph Ackermann to Joan Rivers: The Evolution of Fashion News

This post by Katelyn Dube is the last in the series from students in our course “From Cotton to Kevlar.”  Her team (which also included Kate Grynkiewicz, another poster here) produced a web exhibit tracing the history of fashion news … Continue reading

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A Student’s Perspective

With the semester coming to a close, we’re pleased to introduce a series of guest posts from students in the course Cotton to Kevlar.  Thanks to first-year student Andrea Moore for launching these reports from the class! When I was … Continue reading

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It was perplexing how we were able to take a box of notecards and a binder full of fashion plates and digitize it.

Niani Tolbert, student participant, Mt. Holyoke College says: It was a pleasure working in the Digital Humanities Archive Pilot project. As technology becomes more advanced, it is necessary that valuable information not get lost in the switchover. The digital humanities … Continue reading

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I knew that I was walking into an ambitious project, creating a database, even a small one, is a huge feat

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Lydia Wilson, student participant, Smith College, says: The first day of the project was absolutely the most intimidating day. I knew that I was walking into an ambitious project, creating a database, even a small one, is a huge feat. When I saw the … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a swag and a meander?

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Kitty Cassetti, student participant, Hampshire College, says: I came into this project expecting it to be much bigger than it actually was. I was expecting to be neck deep in historical garments and be able to be up close and … Continue reading

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Cataloging became a game: hunting down all the information scribbled on cards and making it into a logical, orderly, beautiful compilation

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Megan Yeo, student participant, Smith College, says: The fascinating part about this project actually came as a surprise for me, in my enjoyment of the work processes. To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting into before … Continue reading

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