CALL FOR PARTICIPATION:

fashion focused oral histories

Would you like to look back, and tell your fashion story?

Dr. Alexis Romano, a Curatorial Fellow in the Costume Institute (Metropolitan Museum of Art), is looking for women to give oral testimonies of their experience of life and fashion during the 1970s in the U.S. Respondents will be asked to reflect on memories of their wardrobes, act of dressing, engagement with fashion culture, and personal history. Alexis is also interested in speaking with professionals who worked in the industry during the 1970s.

This includes, but is not limited to, those with experience of American sportswear, and the designers Bonnie Cashin, Anne Klein, Betsey Johnson, Norma Kamali, Carol Horn, Adele Simpson, Cathy Hardwick, Laura Szots, Mary McFadden, Jo Copeland, Vera Maxwell, Pauline Trigère, Diane von Furstenberg, Bonnie August, Holly Harp, Evelyn de Jonge, Kay Unger, Hazel Haire, Patti Cappalli, or Harriet Selwyn. Interviews may extend beyond the scope of 1970s fashion, into other periods, and personal biographical areas. 

This is research for a writing project, ‘Dialectics of Making and Wearing: Exploring Sportswear, Image and Women in the 1970s,’ which reappraises women’s visual and material experience of dress during the 1970s through the cross-analysis of archive garment, imagery and oral history.

One-on-one interviews can be conducted remotely, and can take place in one or more sessions of an hour. If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to Alexis.Romano@metmuseum.org listing your age and a few words about your fashion story.