The Cornell Fashion Collective & The Cornell Costume and Textile Collection: An Ongoing History

Blog post by Katie Williams ’20 From folding tables taped together to make a runway to a professional production and staged show, the Cornell Fashion Collective has transformed over the past 34 years. The Cornell Fashion Collective, formerly the Cornell Design League, is a student-run organization that was founded to provide members of the Cornell […]

The Power of a Winter Coat

Blog post by Amanda Dubin ’18 As all Cornell students and alumni know, surviving a harsh Ithaca winter is challenging. The streets are constantly covered in snow, which soon turns to slush and eventually freezes over into ice. Going to school in Ithaca, NY, it is no surprise that students pile on layers just to […]

A Dress to Remember

Blog post by Susan W. Greene, MA ’94 In the 1930s, Cornell University’s College of Home Economics received an amazing offer. The head of the Department of Textiles and Clothing, Professor Beulah Blackmore, was contacted by a Cornell alumna, Ida Langdon (MA 1910, PhD 1912) wondering whether the College would be interested in the Victorian […]

CCTC Research Assistant Profile: Jacqueline Fogarty

Jacqueline Fogarty ’18 majors in Fashion Design and will debut her senior collection in the 34th annual Cornell Fashion Collective show this coming Saturday! In addition to finding inspiration from the collection, she also uses her design skills to enhance our exhibitions. From suspending Liberian quilts from the ceiling of the Jill Stuart Gallery to […]

CCTC Research Assistant Profile: Amanda Dubin

The Cornell Costume & Textile Collection (CCTC) provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to be employed as research assistants, which allows them to contribute to the collection in many ways: they conduct original research, curate exhibitions, catalogue and accession new donations, assist with photography, database management, and conservation, provide social media content, help to arrange […]

More Than Just a Costume Theme: BodyMap Clothing and the 1980s Club Scene

Blog post by Victoria Pietsch (’19) Think of the ‘80s. What do you see? I posed this question to ten people, including peers, friends, friends’ parents, my immediate family, and even a few people from Cornell’s Costume and Textile Collection. Responses included: Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ (1983) disco clubs permed hair […]