HIST 215 Women in US History (Marshman)

HIST& 215 critically examines historical fashion and ideals of beauty as reflections of contemporary events. This guide will help you complete your History of Dress Research Paper.

Your History of Dress Research Guide

History 215 Research & Resource Guide

Welcome to the library research guide for Dr. Michelle Marshman's HIST&215: Women in US History

This guide will help you find reliable sources for your History of Dress research paper and presentation.

Billy Porter in a tuxedo gown

Image: Allure

What's in a Dress?

On the intersection of history, gender, and fashion in Billy Porter's 2019 Oscars tuxedo gown

"Billy Porter uses fashion as a way to make political statements, and the actor’s interest in the intersection between activism and art was made most clear when he showed up to the 2019 Oscars in a head-turning tuxedo gown.

“I know that there is activism inside of fashion,” he told Rachel Brosnahan during their Variety Actors on Actors interview. “I’m an activist. I knew that that tuxedo gown at the Oscars would create a conversation surrounding what gender means, what all these rules we put on everybody in life.”

The “Pose” star goes on to explain how attitudes towards women’s clothing choices have progressed over the years while men are still imposed with strict sartorial expectations. “We’ve gotten past a problem with women wearing pants. When women wear pants it’s powerful,” he said. “When men wear a dress it’s disgusting. We’re not doing that anymore. I’m not doing it....

“I think that we as artists … have the power to change the molecular structure of people’s hearts and minds and change the world,” he said. “That dress changed the world."