On Campus with Part Nouveau

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Vassar Students, 1956

On our first time time-traveling adventure with Lilah Ramzi of Part Nouveau, she taught us that when it comes to swimwear, skimpy has been in since before movies were in color. In her second installment, Lilah guides us through different decades on the college campus.

“I’ve decided to look back (way back) at the fashions of past semesters and found that when it comes to collegiate fashion, old traditions die hard. The perennial staples of pleated skirts, plaids and knee socks seem to defy the fashion cycle, coming back each fall just in time for class. Doing what I do best, scroll down for eight Part Nouveau-style comparisons juxtaposing co-ed fashions of the past alongside their modern day Nasty Gal counterparts.” -Lilah Ramzi

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Parade Magazine, May 30, 1954
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Life Magazine, Photographed by Nina Leen, 1948
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Sewing Pattern from 1956
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PE Uniform from 1962
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Life Magazine, Photographed by Nina Leen, c. 1940s
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Life Magazine, Photographed by Nina Leen, c. 1950s
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Wellesley College, Life Magazine, 1938