Rebecca C. Tuite is a fashion historian and writer based in New York City, where she is a doctoral student at the Bard Graduate Center and Gallery on the Upper West Side. Rebecca is working toward her PhD in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, and her research focuses largely on the history and culture of dress and American material culture.
Originally from London, Rebecca graduated from the University of Exeter (UK) with a First Class Honours degree in English, completing part of her undergraduate studies at Vassar College in New York. She also holds a Masters Degree in Fashion Journalism (Distinction Honours) from the University of the Arts – London College of Fashion, where she concentrated on twentieth century American womenswear and the women’s collegiate experience in the US at the midcentury.
As an academic, Rebecca continues to present her original research at international conferences, most recently winning Best Paper at the James A. Rawley Conference in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Rebecca remains engaged with her work as a curator and has been featured as a contributing researcher and writer in the exhibition, “Fashioning an Education: 150 Years of Vassar Students and What they Wore,” which became a simultaneous digital exhibition in the Spring and Summer of 2011 at the Palmer Gallery at Vassar College. The collection included garments sourced and preserved from Rebecca’s own study of Vassar College clothing, which she donated to the Vassar College Costume Collection.
After stints at Harper’s Bazaar, Vera Wang and Teen Vogue in Manhattan, Rebecca’s writing has been featured online and in print all over the world. Rebecca is also a contributing writer at Ivy-Style, where she regularly writes about the Seven Sisters college experience, fashion and culture at the mid-century.
Rebecca is the author of the forthcoming book, Vassar Style: Fashion, Feminism and 1950s American Media, which will soon be published.
Rebecca lives on the Upper West Side.