Nixon Speaker Preview: Shravan Kummar

Blog post by Samantha Kirsch ’18. Back in January, sixteen FSAD students had the opportunity to visit India to look at the apparel supply chain.  We visited both large factories and small scale production facilities, and I was personally drawn to the stories of those working to revitalize traditional craft and textile production.  The revival […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]