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View a Recording of “Behind the Seams: Noticing Lives in the Details of Old Clothes”


Collage of historic women's clothing

Published April 17, 2024

Presented by the Friends of the Libraries in partnership with Historic Northampton.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Neilson Browsing Room
4:30 p.m., reception followed

Smith College Professor of Theatre Kiki Smith ʼ71 discussed the work of developing, preserving, and teaching with the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection. This collection includes over 4,000 items of clothing from the early 1800s to the present day.

Smith College Professor of Theatre Kiki Smith

View the Recorded Lecture

The lecture is now available on the Libraries' YouTube channel.

Smith’s recent book, Real Clothes, Real Lives: 200 Years of What Women Wore, provides insights into women's lives and their evolving roles at home and in the workplace.

This event was also available virtually and recorded.


Mary Irwin, Library Development Officer:

book cover Real Clothes Real Lives by Kiki Smith