Alexandra Thelin Blackowski, Web Content Manager for the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS), recently shared her research at the joint annual symposium of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the Costume Society of America at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. Her presentation, titled "Time May Change but Taste and Style Remain: Oscar Wilde and Gabrielle Chanel's Fashionable Connections," connected the common fashion beliefs between the two figures. Writer and poet Wilde held some views that were not embraced by the fashionable or mainstream culture of his time. However, the clothing worn by the members of the subculture known as the Aesthetic Movement in the nineteenth century reflected his opinions and views. Ultimately, in the twentieth century, Chanel followed the recommendations for dress set forth by Wilde and made these styles fashionable and acceptable to the general public.
In addition to her role within CEHS working on the web site and social media, Alexandra is a PhD student in History & Culture at Drew University in Madison, NJ, focusing on fashion, popular culture and art history.
At the conference, Alexandra received the Jim Liles Student Award from the Southeastern region for her work.
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