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

These advertisements, articles, and cartoons provide more insight into the trends seen in earlier images. Whether it's the campus ban on bermuda shorts or the tendency of freshman to over-do their wardrobe, read further for a little more detail on fashion at SU.


The most important undergarment in a woman's wardrobe was the corset, which was considered essential even for young girls in the late 1800s. <em>Syracuse University Herald</em>, October 9, 1883 [ARM Document  26SUHERALD0002.jpg] <em>University Tribune</em>, September, 30 1897 [ARM Document  26UNIVERSITYTRIBUNE0001.jpg] <em>SU Weekly</em>, September, 16 1903 [ARM Document  26SUWEEKLY0001.jpg] <em>SU Herald</em>, November, 1905 [ARM Document  26SUHERALD0001.jpg] <em>Serge</em> was a term used to describe a kind of over sewing often used on the raw edges of seams to prevent unraveling. <em>Panamas</em> were hats, usually made of plaited straw, which could be rolled and placed in luggage. <em>The Daily Orange</em> , September, 27 1910 [ARM Document  26DAILYRORANGE0007.jpg] <em>The Daily Orange</em>, September, 15 1913 [ARM Document  26DAILYORANGE0002.jpg] A <em>shirtwaist</em> was a front buttoned bodice that was typically worn tucked into a skirt. <em>The Daily Orange</em>, September, 19 1913 [ARM Document  26DAILYORANGE0001.jpg] A <em>permanent wave</em> became most popular in the 1920s. Using lotions, curling devices, and heat the hair would be taken from straight to wavy. This was similar to the earlier <em>marcel wave</em>, which used a type of reverse curling iron to put deep waves in the hair. <em>Onondagan</em>,1929 [ARM Document  26ONONDAGAN0009.jpg] A <em>bouffant</em> is simply a term for the puffed out portion of a dress.<em>Onondagan</em>, 1929 [ARM Document  26ONONDAGAN0010.jpg] <em>The Daily Orange</em>, September, 28 1933 [ARM Document  26DAILYORANGE0003.jpg] <em>The Syracusan</em>, September, 1935 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0011.jpg] <em>The Syracusan</em>, September, 1935 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0012.jpg] <em>The Onondagan</em>, 1946 [ARM Document  26ONONDAGAN0003.jpg] A <em>basque</em> and <em>peplum</em> effect would give a partial over-skirt impression with the <em>basque</em> from the French, meaning an extended bodice.<em>The Syracusan</em>, 1946 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0005.jpg] <em>The Syracusan</em>, c. spring, 1947 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0003.jpg] <em>The Syracusan</em>, c. spring, 1947 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0004.jpg] <em>Onondagan</em>, 1950 [ARM Document  26ONONDAGAN0006.jpg] <em>Onondagan</em>, 1950 [ARM Document  26ONONDAGAN0008.jpg] <em>Onondagan</em>, 1951 [ARM Document  26ONONDAGAN0005.jpg] <em>Onondagan</em>, 1958 [ARM Document  26ONONDAGAN0004.jpg] Student Handbook, 1917-1918 [ARM Document  26HANDBOOK0001.jpg] ' ... I'll give you a few hints as to what garments are considered in good taste here on campus...Your tweeds and sweater will do nicely for campus wear. Teas...a dark silk street dress is a good bet for these. Don't think for a minute that your long dresses will hang dolefully in your closet...Don't forget the dances...As for a costume for viewing football games, your woolen clothes will be the answer....' <em>The Syracusan</em>, September, 1935 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0013.jpg] 'The craze is on-and so everyone wants to look smart (not sharp anymore), and twenty girls turn up in the same class all looking identically like the cover of Mademoiselle.' <em>The Syracusan</em>, 1946 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0006.jpg] <em>The Syracusan</em>, November, 1946 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0007.jpg] <em>The Colonial News</em>, March, 21 1947 [ARM Document  26THECOLONIALNEWS0001.jpg] 'Country-wide strikes of protest against the falling hem-line have not retarded the plunge...When faced with a line-up of dropped hem co-eds, Speich shouted, 'Let me see them gams!'.' <em>The Colonial News</em>, October, 24 1947 [ARM Document  26THECOLONIALNEWS0002.jpg] 'As a whole, Syracuse dresses very conservatively. It's rarely that an eccentric item catches hold on campus, and frilly fashions are not approved. In fact, college clothes, at least around the Hill, aren't much different from those you've been wearing lately at home, though less faddish perhaps than at many high schools.' Student Handbook, 1948-1949 [ARM Document 26HANDBOOK0002.jpg] <em>The Syracusan</em>, October, 1956 [ARM Document  26SYRACUSAN0010.jpg] 'Women's colleges readily accepted the fad and co-eds were next in line to sport the shorts...there were definite sections of campus where Bermuda shorts met worried frowns. Although Bermudas seem to be an innocent piece of cloth...they've become one of the hottest issues on campus. The more standards knuckle down the more knees come out. Today starts a new era in Syracuse and it yet remains to be seen whether the sage of local history will term it the 'Bermuda Bann', or the 'Bermuda Boom'.' <em>The Daily Orange</em>, February, 27 1956 [ARM Document 26DAILYORANGE0009.jpg]