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Ashley Slater

Social and Political Factors in the Changing Female Silhouette

My presidential scholars project is on the history of period costumes and more specifically, the role of costumes in opera. My research will cover several periods of dress and focus on political and social influences on historical fashion. Research thus far has led me to the Metropolitan Opera, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Performing Arts Library in New York City. My goal in doing this project is to open up opportunities of employment in costume shops for the future as I seek a professional singing career in opera.