By: Breezy Ward
Before I got too distracted by all of the gorgeous clothing that was being carefully laid out before me, I wanted to get some background about the coolest Adjunct Instructor at Stevenson University, Meredith Page. Meredith not only teaches two courses as a member of the Fashion Design department, but also has procured and donated a collection of historic clothing to the School of Design. The collection includes pieces from the early 1900’s through the 1980’s.
Meredith found a love of fashion and what I can only describe as a remarkable and moving appreciation for detail when she was fifteen, and her parents brought home a sewing machine as a gift. Unsure that she wanted anything to do with it, she feigned indifference until her parents called her bluff and went about returning the misfit toy. She decided to keep it, began learning how to sew, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Each piece of clothing is whimsically unique and genuine, much like Meredith herself. One of my personal favorites, which I was fortunate enough to try on, was an Emilio Pucci blouse from the late 1960’s. Just looking at the vibrant colors within it lifted my mood. Even more unbelievable was the beading and intricate stitching of those pieces from earlier eras like the 1930’s and 1940’s pictured here. This collection is used as examples of historic dress in the fashion design course, History of Fashion, a requirement in the fashion design major.