Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Coffee Table Candy: "Seven Sisters Style" by Rebecca C. Tuite

One of my unspoken New Years' resolutions is, every year, to stop buying coffee table books.  They're so expensive!  So heavy!  They take up so much room!  But Seven Sisters Style, written by Rebecca C. Tuite and published by Rizzoli, is making it hard for me.  This glossy book tells the female side of the mid-century preppy/WASP college campus fashion store, and it's a sort of companion to the Japanese photographer T. Hayashida's 1965 cult classic photo essay about Ivy League fashion, Take Ivy.  Tuite's book surveys the style of young women on the campuses of the Seven Sisters, a group of prestigious women's liberal arts colleges (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley), in the 20th century, and the legacy of that style in contemporary fashion.

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