Potentially Perilous Fashion

Blog post by Samantha Stern ’17. Fashions come in many forms, but few realize the potentially dangerous aspects of vintage and antique fashion.  The term “mad hatter” is common vernacular, and comes from milliner’s occupational exposure to mercury (and, as a result, going “mad as a hatter”) in the late 19th century.  Less well known […]

Mini Portraits: An Exploration of Childrenswear in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Blog post by Jacklyn DeVito ’18. The Cornell Costume and Textile Collection holds an array of childrenswear dating back to the eighteenth century. Garments of each time period share common elements, which serve to represent the values and standards of each respective era.  As societal expectations of children’s behavior evolved over the 19th and 20th […]

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 […]