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Do Clothes Matter?

Row of clothes hanging in a closet

Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This symposium celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection—3,000 garments from the late 18th century to the present that illuminate women’s lives. This archive of women’s clothing and accessories, from all social classes, is a resource for courses in costume design, history and material culture, art and literary history, and curatorial practices.



  • Keynote speaker: Vanessa Friedman, Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times
  • Kiki Smith ’71, Professor of Theatre and Curator of the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection


  • Sonnet Stanfill ’90, Curator, 20th-Century and Contemporary Fashion, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Jan Glier Reeder ’67, Costume Curator and Historian
  • Student presentations of selected cotton garments from the collection, with critic Vanessa Friedman


Registration for the conference is now closed.

Sponsored by the Smith College Lecture Committee, Department of Theatre and the Project on Women and Social Change.