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Narratives of Dress: What Can a Garment Say?
Narratives of Dress: What Can A Garment Say?

Below is a tentative schedule for the Narratives of Dress Symposium. The final schedule is still in development and will be posted here in the fall. The schedule below is subject to change.

Magnin & Co. Evening Dress

1:00 pm

Welcome & Overview


Kiki Smith, Professor of Theatre
John M. Green Hall


Ethics of Access
Sonnet Stanfill 90, Curator, Contemporary Fashion,
Victoria and Albert Museum

John M. Green Hall


African American Style Aesthetics: Complexities of Identity, Identification and the Will to Adorn
Diana Baird N’Diaye, Curator and Cultural Specialist, Center for Folklife and Cultural History
Smithsonian Institution

John M. Green Hall


The Best Is Not Enough: What a Group of Clothes Can Say
Nancy Rexford, Independent Scholar, Author
John M. Greene Hall


John M. Greene Hall Lobby


Hidden in Plain Sight: Histories of African-American Women in the 19th-Century Clothing Trades
Marla Miller, Professor, History
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

John M. Greene Hall


Sleuthing Through Some Real Seams
Edward Maeder, Independent Scholar, former Curator at LACMA, Historic Deerfield, Founding Director, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
John M. Green Hall


Alumnae House Conference Room


Tour of Smith Historic Dress Collection
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

9:30 am:

John M. Greene Hall Lobby


Two Uniforms Are Better Than One
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary Professor, History, Harvard University, Author
John M. Greene Hall

11:15 am-
12:00 pm

Textiles: A Web that Spans the Curriculum
Marjorie Senechal, Louise Wolfe Kahn Professor Emerita of Math and the History of Science
John M. Greene Hall


Lunch & Presentions of Local Historic Dress Collections
Colleen Callahan, Textile and Costume Historian
A Tale of Two Collections: Historic Dress Preserved at Smith College and Historic Northampton

Lynne Zacek Bassett
, Textile and Costume Historian
The Historic Northampton Costume Collection: Examples of Its Use

Carroll Room, Campus Center


Dress in the Smith Classroom:
Faculty/Student Presentations

Panelists:, Cornelia Pearsall, Lane Hall-Witt, Janie Vanpée
John M. Greene Hall


Closing Remarks


Tour of Smith Historic Dress Collection
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

This conference is jointly sponsored by Smith College's Project on Women and Social Change, the Emily Hall Tremaine Symposium Fund through the initiative of Dorothy Tremaine Hildt, class of 1949, the Smith College Lecture Committee, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Smith College Theatre Department, the Smith College History Department, the Smith College American Studies Department and the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.


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