Curator from Atlanta History Center to talk about “Gone With the Girdle” at AU for Women’s History Month

AUBURN – As part of Women’s History Month at Auburn University, Susan Neill from the Atlanta History Center will present an illustrated lecture, “Gone With the Girdle: Freedom, Restraint, and Power in Women’s Dress,” on Tuesday, March 4, at 12:30 p.m., in 213 Foy Union.Neill is vice president of collections and public programs and curator of textiles and social history at the Atlanta History Center.

Neill’s talk grew out of a highly acclaimed exhibition of the same name at the Atlanta History Center in 2003, depicting the lifestyle and costume changes of Atlanta women. The exhibition examined the silhouettes and experiences of Atlanta women from the city’s early days to the present. While the setting was Atlanta, the clothing followed the timeline of many American urban women, reflecting their dreams, challenges and successes from the confining corsets of the 19th century to today’s urban chic.

In her illustrated talk, Neill will expand on the idea that fashion both reflects and defines the moment in which it was created and sheds light on the generations of working women and mothers, teachers and volunteers, role models and less traditional women who together make up the body of Southern women’s history.

This lecture is sponsored by the AU Women’s Studies Program. For more information about the Women’s Studies program, go to

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