New College Fashion Archive vol. 3: Fall fashion responds to Florida climate
First-year Adeline Harrell posing in a Florida fall-ready outfit. Photo submitted by Harrell.

New College Fashion Archive vol. 3: Fall fashion responds to Florida climate

Florida’s weather is known for its lack of dramatic seasonal changes in temperature and weather patterns. Being the closest continental state to the equator, Florida winter temperatures do not decrease nearly as much as anywhere north of the state. In November, so-called cold fronts in…

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The Gilbert Mural Initiative tells the story of Sarasota’s first black community
A mural of Lewis and Irene Colson, founding residents of Overtown who built the Bethlehem Baptist Church. The mural is painted on what used to be that very church.

The Gilbert Mural Initiative tells the story of Sarasota’s first black community

An eye-catching array of stylized murals have begun steadily coating the historic walls and buildings of the Rosemary District near downtown Sarasota. The artworks themselves seek to memorialize and honor the history of black settlers within the area, a history that was paved over and…

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Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light: A Review
Patti Smith’s fourth album, Wave, plays on a record player surrounded by flowers.

Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light: A Review

The Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light exhibition at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens moved me profoundly. It’s incredibly creative, contextualizes in ingenious ways the revolutionary output of two artists in terms of their relationship and lives, all in the setting of a…

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New College Fashion Archive vol. 2: clothing and identity on campus
First year Meera Razdan dressed in thrifted and small business goods.

New College Fashion Archive vol. 2: clothing and identity on campus

New College has fostered an environment of acceptance and freedom of expression for decades now, which, in turn, created a domain of various identities many times expressed outwardly through clothing. It’s hard to walk through campus without noticing all the dyed heads, Demonia platform shoes…

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New College Fashion Archive: inspirations, aestheticism and expression at NCF
Third-year Rocío Ramirez Castro fully decked out in an outfit complete with stylized makeup, Steampunk-esque goggles, statement jewelry and a wig.

New College Fashion Archive: inspirations, aestheticism and expression at NCF

“Why do New College students dress like... that?” New College students are surely no stranger to this question. As a campus that seems to allure those who identify with the offbeat, fringe and unconventional, New College has a long and rich history of eccentric fashion. …

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