Back in Williamsburg

For the last two weeks I have taken a brief break from research.  Once I got back to the States, I had to unpack and then re-pack so I could move back to Williamsburg for Residence Life training.  I’m a Program Advocate so we have to have our training completed before the RAs start their training.  My co-workers and I have all been very busy in the Programming Resource Center prepping the space and helping the Head Residents and RAs make their bulletin boards and door tags. Training is winding down now, though, which means that research will be able to start to pick up again.  I’ll be sure to update you soon with anything that I find!

A belated update

First things first, I’m sorry for the belated update!

With only a few days left in London before I venture back to the States and William and Mary, I have come to the decision to revise my thesis topic.  Earlier this summer I was worried that I may not be able to find enough information on fashion dolls to complete my proposed project.  Unfortunately, I have found this to be the case.  I am still interested in how fashion was advertised and disseminated, however, and have decided to research fashion advertisement more broadly.  With this new focus, I intend to look at how fashion trends were spread across national boundaries and what prompted changes in how these trends were spread (the printing press, for example).  As you can see, I still have many questions to answer regarding my topic:  do I want to look at how fashion was advertised before fashion dolls and, if so, how far back do I want to look?  And how far forward do I want to look with my revised topic?  Do I want to continue to the present day, Internet, and social media or stop at newspaper and magazine advertisements of the nineteenth century? Until I get these broader questions answered, I’ll give an example of one method through which fashion trends were disseminated during the Tudor era.

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Little Ambassadors: No news is not always good news

Hello again –

I’ve been in London for a little over a month now and can safely say that I’ve adjusted to life across the pond.  I’ve experienced rain, watched the Jubilee river pageant and a cricket match, and seen some more buildings by our beloved Christopher Wren (none of which come close to rivaling the Wren building, of course!).  The reason I’m in London, though, is for research and my research is, unfortunately, not going as well I would have liked.

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Little Ambassadors: Fashion Dolls and the Dissemination of Fashion in England

Hello everyone,

My name is Lauren Greene and I’m a rising senior at the College, majoring in History and minoring in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. This summer I will start working on my honors thesis, and I’d like to thank the Charles Center and Richard Kraemer for their support.  I’ve never conducted research like this before so I’m not exactly sure what to expect, but I am definitely looking forward to it!

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