Crossing generations : a study of fashion from the 1920s-1970s : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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O'Bryan, Ashley D.
Saiki, Diana E.
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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This project documents the process of conducting interviews as a primary source of learning about historical dress. The interviews took place at The Alpha Center, an adult day center, with clients who ranged in age from middle seventies to late eighties and selected students in a History of Costume course. The students were assigned a specific decade during the Twentieth Century, presented with different questioning techniques and prompted to conduct research about their respective decades prior to their interview times. During the interviews, students questioned clients about the different types of garments they wore during the various decades and how their clothing both affected and was affected by the major social movements during that time.This portfolio depicts how each interview took place and what topics were mainly discussed such as what the clients typically remember doing while wearing certain items of clothing. Everything from weddings to wars was discussed during the interviews. In addition to photos and written descriptions of the actual interviews, this portfolio features the student-created in-class presentations, cased displays and original garment designs that were partially inspired by the interviews as well as by extensive outside research.