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 […]

Concert T Hall of Fame

Blog Post by Rachel Doran (’19) From childhood onward it is engrained in our minds that music is an outlet for self-expression; not only for the musicians, but for listeners as well. For every mood, for every phase of our lives, there is a genre or an artist or a song that we gravitate towards. […]

Mysteries of the Collection

Blog post by Samantha Stern (’17) In a study collection like the CCTC, artifacts sometimes turn up with exciting, mysterious histories.  One such garment is corset #1133.  Donated in 1947, this undergarment is made of coarse linen hand stitched over a whalebone structure.  The corset fastens with hand embroidered eyelets and ribbons that are long […]

A Conversation in the Details

Blog post by Aidan Shiller (’18) This corduroy blazer from Jean Paul Gaultier’s Femme line is an exquisite example of his aesthetic vision.  It was first seen on the runway as look #44 (of 69) in Gaultier’s Fall 2002 ready to wear (RTW) collection.  The jacket was donated to the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection […]

From Visionary Student to Vogue Mogul: Dorothy Schefer Faux (’69) and the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection

Blog post by Jacklyn DeVito (’18) From Senior Editor of Vogue and dotcom entrepreneur to best-selling author and magazine/content developer, Cornell alumna Dorothy Schefer Faux (’69) has had great success since her days on campus. Dorothy attended Cornell from 1965 to 1969. Surprisingly, she didn’t focus her studies exclusively on fashion. Rather, she explored many […]

Behind the Stars and Stripes

Blog post by Jackie Fogarty (’18) When cleaning out closets, people often stumble upon memories: dress clothes worn once for a special occasion, a t-shirt bought on a relaxing vacation, or the lucky socks worn for every nerve-wracking event.  These garments have a story with undeniable significance to the wearer.  Now imagine all of the […]

Call for Proposals: Charlotte A. Jirousek Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection

Eligibility: All Cornell University undergraduate students are eligible to apply, including freshmen and seniors. Applications must be e-mailed to Professor Green ( by Friday, November 20, 2015! Dr. Charlotte Jioursek (center) conducting ethnographic fieldwork research in Turkey. The late Dr. Charlotte A. Jirousek, former curator of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection (CCTC) and Associate Professor in the […]