“Changing Women's Fashion”: A Look at Coeds' Clothing on SU's Campus from Pre-1900-1950s- Headshots Slideshow

These photos were typically taken for presentation in the Onondagan yearbook, though some come from other sources. Headshots provide an up-close look at hairstyles and accessories that were popular from the 1870s-1950s.

Loops of hair were often left to hang down the back of the head. These loops were sometimes made of false hair or of combings from the owners' head, which were collected for the purpose. Clara Bradley, 1876 [ARM Image 11-1248.jpg] Coiffures were as complicated as the skirts women wore. Plaits, puffs and chignons were piled high on the head. Alice M. Lee, 1876 [ARM Image 11-1344.jpg] Braids were often used to add height to a hair-style. Alice E. Jeffries, c. 1876 [ARM Image 11-1345.jpg] At the turn of the 20th century, swept back hair styles were often secured with a hair comb, which could be very ornate, or, in this case, with a bow. Jessie Castle Worden, 1903 [ARM Image 11-1355.jpg] The glasses worn by this female student are called <em>pince nez</em>, which refer to glasses held to the nose by a spring. The term was first used in 1876. Frances Louise Fuller, 1903 [ARM Image 11-1356.jpg] This student's hair is done in the pompadour style where the hair is swept back from the forehead without a part. Aleda R. Sedgwick, 1910 [ARM Image 11-1352.jpg] Often, a pad was used to roll the hair back from the forehead and provide shape and bulk to styles like these. Mary Merriam, 1913 [ARM Image 11-1379.jpg] The Jazz Age saw a tendency to de-emphasize the forehead. Hats were used to this end and were worn very low on the brow.1920 [ARM Image 11-1402.jpg] A fashionable hat of the 1920s had a brim that would stop just above the eyebrows. 1920 [ARM Image 11-1401.jpg] Hair in the post World War I years was parted in the center and waved into two curtains, which usually partly concealed the forehead. Martha Leavitt, 1925 [ARM Image 11-1393.jpg] A <em>permanent wave</em> became the fashion and straight hair was no longer desirable during the 1920s. Marion Elizabeth Clayton, 1929 [ARM Image 11-1399.jpg] The <em>shingle</em> hair style became popular in the early 1930s. It was a short, tapered hairstyle cut so that all ends were exposed like roof shingles. Florence Golder, 1932 [ARM Image 11-1395.jpg] The short hair styles introduced in the 1920s continued to be popular throughout the 1930s, though they were often less severe and ended just below the ears. Mary Elizabeth York, 1938 [ARM Image 11-1387.jpg] The term 'hair-do' replaced 'coiffure' in the 1930s when referring to arranging and styling the hair. Francine Bonat , 1938 [ARM Image 11-1388.jpg] Parting the hair became popular in the 1920s, though the location moved from the center of the head to the side during the 1930s. Dorothy Goddard, 1938 [ARM Image 11-1390.jpg] During World War II and in the years following, hair was typically worn shoulder length with a roll at the nape of the neck and one on either side of the face, pulling the hair away from the forehead. Catherine Cameroto , 1946 [ARM Image 11-1363.jpg] Glasses became stylish in the 1940s. There were even educational videos put out by corporations like Paramount Pictures on selecting the right glasses to compliment your face shape. Elaine A. Eschenbecker , 1946 [ARM Image11-1371.jpg] This off-the-shoulder cut dress leaves the neck and shoulders uncovered to accentuate the face. Nancy Livermore, <em>Syracusan</em> Queen, 1949 [ARM Image11-1362.jpg] The forehead was no longer obscured, as in the 1920s, but was instead emphasized by severe haircuts with short bangs. These cat eye glasses were a classic look in the 1950s and featured flared outer edges where the arms joined the frames. Evelyn Christenson, 1958 [ARM Image11-1375.jpg]