Aloha Shirts

Blog post by Georgia Hausmann ’21. It is not uncommon to see a plethora of viscose or cotton-polyester Aloha or Hawaiian-style shirts on the way to the beach, or when walking into the resort section of a clothing store. In fact, I would say it’s a common sight. I once loved digging through boxes of […]

Tiny Tim’s Stage Costume

Blog post by Amanda Dubin ’18. Tiny Tim was born Herbert B. Khaury to a working class immigrant family in Manhattan on April 12, 1932. Tiny Tim is remembered as an American singer, ukulele player, and musical archivist best known for his rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” which he recorded in his signature quavering […]

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 […]

Secretary of Style: Oleg Cassini & the Cornell Costume & Textile Collection

Blog post by Jacqueline Fogarty ’18 The Oleg Cassini name has a vast history, associated with everything from inaugural gowns to tennis outfits, perfume to movie costumes.  As the years progressed and the designer evolved along with his brand, he dove into new opportunities for expansion in different directions.  With a career lasting seventy years, […]

Riding Apparel: Then and Now

Blog post by Karen Steffy. Formal English riding apparel for women really hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years.  Women who ride astride (not in a side-saddle) still wear boots and breeches, a riding jacket and stock tie or choker, and gloves. There’s a reason for that: the attire is functional and everything has […]

Martha Van Rensselaer in Belgium

Blog post by Eileen Keating. In 1923, at the age of 58, Martha Van Rensselaer was selected by the National League of Women Voters as one of America’s twelve most influential women.  This honor was in recognition of her twenty-three years of pioneering work at Cornell in the new field of home economics.  Home economics […]