100 + Years of College Girl Fashion

A photographic trip back through time –

1970s-college-fashion---getty-library

1970s-college-fashion—Getty-library

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 CollegeBenazir Bhutto, Bonnie Raitt, Caroline Kennedy, Stockard Channing.
Smith CollegePatricia 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

Cumberland-Valley-State-Normal-School---College-Girls-Pillow-Fight-1906

Cumberland-Valley-State-Normal-School—College-Girls-Pillow-Fight-1906

Vassar-College-1900

Vassar-College-1900

1905-Student-Dorm-Room---Vassar

1905-Student-Dorm-Room—Vassar

 1910’s – College Girl Fashion

Glen-Eden-Boarding-School-for-Girls-1912c

Glen-Eden-Boarding-School-for-Girls-1912 – Rich701 – Flickr

Glen-Eden-Boarding-School-for-Girls-1912b

Glen-Eden-Boarding-School-for-Girls-1912 – Rich701 Flickr

Barnard-College-girls-1911

Barnard-College-girls-1911

1920’s – College Girl Fashion

Howard-University-students-1928

Howard-University-students-1928

Bryn-Mawr-college---1928---Katherine-Hepburn

Bryn-Mawr-college—1928—Katherine-Hepburn

1922--Emma-Willard-School-students

1922–Emma-Willard-School-students

1920s-Edna-St.-Vincent-Millay-Protests

Vassar alumni – Edna-St.-Vincent-Millay-Protests

1930’s – College Girl fashion

Wellesley-College--1938---Alfred-Eisenstaedt

Wellesley-College–1938—Alfred-Eisenstaedt

Barnard-College-archives---senior-week-1931

Barnard-College-archives—senior-week-1931

1939---Lawrence-college-girls--kansas---Alfred-Eisenstaedt---Google-Cultural-Institute2

1939—Lawrence-college-girls–kansas—Alfred-Eisenstaedt-

1940’s – College Girl Fashion

Smith-College-girls--1949---Peter-Stackpole---

Smith-College-girls–1949—Peter-Stackpole

Sarah-Lawrence-girls---1940s

Sarah-Lawrence-girls—1940s

Howard-University-students-Rose-Esters-and-Sarah-White---1945---Alfred-Eisenstaedt---Life-Archive

Howard-University-students-Rose-Esters-and-Sarah-White—1945—Alfred-Eisenstaedt—Life-Archive

Smith-College---Northampton-MA-1949---Peter-Stackpole---Google-Cultural-Instituteb

Smith-College—Northampton-MA-1949—Peter-Stackpole

Sarah-Lawrence---Sam-Shere---Google-Cultural-Institute

Sarah-Lawrence—Sam-Shere—Google-Cultural-Institute

Vassar-college-1940s---Bernard-Hoffman---Google-Cultural-Institute

Vassar-college-1940s—Bernard-Hoffman—Google-Cultural-Institute

Students-depart-campus,-c.1940

Vassar Students-depart-campus,-c.1940

1950’s – College Girl Fashion

Beloit-Women's-Dormitory-1950s

Beloit-Women’s-Dormitory-1954

Smith-College-Glee-Club---N-R-Farbman---1952

Smith-College-Glee-Club—N-R-Farbman—1952

Bonnet-fashion-display---Rodes-college-1950

Bonnet-fashion-display—Rodes-college-1950

Barnard-College---Greek-Games-Chariot1957

Barnard-College—Greek-Games-Chariot 1957

Emma-willard-girls-roller-skating-1950s

Emma-Willard-girls-roller-skating-1950s

Barnard-College-Sophomore-Freshman-Rush,-1954

Barnard-College-Sophomore-Freshman-Rush,-1954

1956-Students-Lounging

1956-Students-Lounging – Vassar college

1950s-Students-Laugh-on-Sofa---Vassar

1950s-Students-Laugh-on-Sofa—Vassar

1960’s – College Girl Fashion

1960s-hippie-college-girl-fashions--California

Image by Arthur Schatz

Mount-Holyoke-1966

Mount-Holyoke-1966

Radcliffe-girls- end of term 1968

Radcliffe-girls- end of term 1968

Vassar-College-1963

Vassar-College- Halloween on campus -1963

Vassar---1960s-student-dorm

Vassar—1960s-student-dorm

1970’s – College Girl Fashion

Benazir-Bhutto-at-Radcliffe-1970

Benazir-Bhutto-at-Radcliffe-1970

college-students---california-1976

college-students—California- circa 1976

Nuffield-Chem-electricity-girls-1975

Nuffield-Chem-electricity-girls-1975

1973-COLLEGE-GIRLS

1973 college girls – Glamourdaze

Tehran-university-students-in-miniskirts-1970s

Tehran-university-students-Shah era – 1970s

 1980’s – College Girl Fashion

South-Shields-Marine-and-Technical-College,-1980s

South-Shields-Marine-and-Technical-College,-1980s

Mount-Holyoke-1985

Mount-Holyoke-1985

Student_happily_buses_her_tray_and_dirty_dishes_ca_1980

Holyoke student – canteen – 1981

1990’s – College Girl Fashion

Jardin-du-Luxembourg-paris-1992---emzepe

Jardin-du-Luxembourg-Paris-1992—emzepe – Flickr

Chelmsford-summer-ball---1991---andrew-of-ely

Chelmsford-summer-ball—1991—andrew-of-ely – Flickr

Bryn-Mawr-College,-1990

Bryn-Mawr-College,-1990 – dandelion daisy

2000’s – College Girl Fashion

Irish-College-girls-2009---Photo-Bronagh-Rice

Irish-College-girls-2009—Photo-Bronagh-Rice

Smith-College-Choir-girls---2014

Smith-College-Choir-girls—2014

Delta-Sigma-Theta-Sorority---Campus-Life---Clayton-State-University

Delta-Sigma-Theta-Sorority—Campus-Life—Clayton-State-University

Smith-College-2014---Carolyn-E-Brown

Smith-College-2014—Carolyn-E-Brown

vassar-2011---through-the-student-lens

vassar-2011—through-the-student-lens – Vassar archive Flickr

vassar-2011---through-the-student-lens-2

Vassar campus 2011—through-the-student-lens- Vassar Flickr archive

That’s all !

College-student-1970s

Photo Credits –

Life Photo archive
Vassar College
Richard – Flickr
Barnard College Archive
Bryn Mawr Library
Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Smith College archives
Emma Willard school
Howard University