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HOW IRONING BROUGHT ME TO HARVARD: A PERFORMATIVE LECTURE WITH CHLOE CHAPIN

  • Byerly Hall 8 Garden Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Chapin learned how to iron for her very first job as a dresser with a Shakespeare company in 1991. Twenty years later, she was designing Broadway musicals; 30 years later, she'll graduate from Harvard with a PhD in American Studies. In this lecture, Chapin will share her journey from doing the laundry to researching it for her dissertation—on the history of male evening dress—in a discussion of materiality, tacit knowledge, and ironing tips. 

Chloe Chapin, a former professional costume designer, is now a PhD candidate in the American Studies Program at Harvard University. Chapin has an MFA in design from the Yale School of Drama, an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and an AM in History from Harvard University. She has taught fashion history and costume design at FIT, Parsons The New School of Design, Reed College, and Tufts University, and has been a MacDowell Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Her research focuses on fashion and gender—typically the history of men’s suits.
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