The Brigham and Women's Hospital Nursing Project

Mannequins dressed in nursing costumes.

Exhibition Sponsored By Frederic and Jean Sharf

April 5 2013-April 5 2014

The concept of Connected Learning is certainly reflected in a recent partnership between Lasell College and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. For months, Lasell fashion students in retail merchandising, communications and design have had a unique opportunity to work side- by- side with hospital administrator Martina Lang-Stuart, Countway Library of Medicine archivist Cathy Pate, and philanthropist Frederic Sharf to develop an exhibition that highlights historic nursing attire to commemorate Brigham and Women's Centennial celebration.

The content of the exhibit features various discoveries regarding the details and evolution of nurses' uniforms throughout the first half of the 20th century. The information is organized as a means to articulate the hospital's history, while also including prevailing modes of style that enabled women to display educational accomplishment, occupational membership and feminine vibrancy. The compelling importance of female attire in association with societal expectations has a long standing tradition. Over time nurses' uniforms had to function within various extreme conditions of this profession while adhering to certain aspects of fashionable attire.

Lasell's Fashion Department takes pride in its academic flexibility regarding curricular initiatives which enables students to explore theoretical concepts within professional environments. In this case, the following individuals utilized their creative talents and research skills to produce a comprehensive public exhibition profiling nursing attire and its historic significance.

Fashion Design and Production: Solange Carpenter, Megan Dubord 2014 & Sammi Yang 2013
Fashion Retail and Management: L. Angel Morales, Natalie Sherwood & Krista DiCarlo 2013
Fashion Communications: Lindsay Feeney, 2014