A photographic trip back through time –
College girl fashions are an often overlooked source of both style and female trends.Whether they start in the schools or have been adopted over the years from fashion periodicals, young women heading to college in 2015 may well be putting as much effort in to their style and attitude as they will be doing to their studies. These wonderful photos prove that the female spirit was just as anarchic and inventive over the past 100 years and more.
Among many photos randomly picked from college archives around the world are the famous Seven Sisters colleges in the USA ( Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley.) who boast many famous and glamorous graduates.
Vassar College former alumni include Jackie Kennedy, Anne Hathaway, Jane Fonda, Lisa Kudrow and Meryl Streep.
Barnard College – Lee Remick, Suzanne Vega.
Bryn Mawr college former graduates include Katherine Hepburn. Wellesley College boasts Hillary Clinton and Ali McGraw. Mount Holyoke – Emily Dickinson ! ( Class of 1849 !). Radcliffe College – Benazir Bhutto, Bonnie Raitt, Caroline Kennedy, Stockard Channing.
Smith College – Patricia Wettig ( of Thirty Something fame) , Gloria Steinem ( 1960s activist )
Check out “Seven Sisters Style” by Historian and Vassar College alumnus Rebecca C. Tuite.
1900’s – College Girl Fashion
1910’s – College Girl Fashion
Glen-Eden-Boarding-School-for-Girls-1912 – Rich701 – Flickr
Glen-Eden-Boarding-School-for-Girls-1912 – Rich701 Flickr
1920’s – College Girl Fashion
Vassar alumni – Edna-St.-Vincent-Millay-Protests
1930’s – College Girl fashion
1940’s – College Girl Fashion
1950’s – College Girl Fashion
1956-Students-Lounging – Vassar college
1960’s – College Girl Fashion
Image by Arthur Schatz
Radcliffe-girls- end of term 1968
Vassar-College- Halloween on campus -1963
1970’s – College Girl Fashion
college-students—California- circa 1976
1973 college girls – Glamourdaze
Tehran-university-students-Shah era – 1970s
1980’s – College Girl Fashion
Holyoke student – canteen – 1981
1990’s – College Girl Fashion
Jardin-du-Luxembourg-Paris-1992—emzepe – Flickr
Chelmsford-summer-ball—1991—andrew-of-ely – Flickr
Bryn-Mawr-College,-1990 – dandelion daisy
2000’s – College Girl Fashion
vassar-2011—through-the-student-lens – Vassar archive Flickr
Vassar campus 2011—through-the-student-lens- Vassar Flickr archive
That’s all !
Photo Credits –
Life Photo archive
Richard – Flickr
Barnard College Archive
Bryn Mawr Library
Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Smith College archives
Emma Willard school