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“Denim Revolutionaries:” The Women of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Politics of Dress

Recently, our “Cotton to Kevlar” class was treated with a visit from Tanisha Ford, an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst whose research explores “fashion, performance, and women’s rights activism” (http://www.tanishacford.com/). Professor Ford  teaches … Continue reading

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Everything Old is New Again: Gibson Girls, Flappers and the “New Look”

We have been hurtling forward in time, and on timelines, in our course “From Cotton to Kevlar.” On Monday, as we reached the turn of the twentieth century, our syllabus read: Educate your Eye:  Browse Flickr Commons, Luna, ARTstor and … Continue reading

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Fashion Shoot (A Hands-On Tutorial of Digital Imaging Tools)

Our most recent class meeting of “From Cotton to Kevlar” was one of experimentation and play.  Jon asked us to read Chapter 3 of Rosenzweig & Cohen’s book Digital History, to inform a discussion of the pros and cons of … Continue reading

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Clothes Shopping Meets the Museum (An Introduction to Online Exhibits)

This week in our course “From Cotton to Kevalr,” Jon Olsen introduced us to basic concepts in design for web exhibits. First we read Paula Petrik’s discussion of the “Top Ten Mistakes in Academic Web Design,” which drew our collective … Continue reading

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What did the pilgrims wear? Not just black and white!

This past Monday, Marla Miller led our freshmen seminar at UMass on Historic Dress. The topic for the day was Puritan fashion and we asked the students to prepare for our discussion by reading a chapter by Lynne Bassett titled … Continue reading

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Off and running: the semester begins

I am writing these words wearing an iconic piece of clothing. But I didn’t understand just how iconic until yesterday, at the first class meeting of our freshman seminar “From Cotton to Kevlar: Historic Dress meets Digital Humanities.” The course, … Continue reading

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From Cotton to Kevlar: Fashion History Meets Digital Humanities

Historic Dress co-conspirator Jon Berndt Olsen and I have just got some terrific news.  In September, in connection with this larger Historic Dress project, we have been given a green light to offer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst a … Continue reading

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