My name is Laura Elizabeth Suarez, and I am a senior studying Art History at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio; however, I consider myself very lucky to call several places home, to include Paris, France.
The course, Documenting a Fashion Icon: Bonnie Cashin, has been unlike any other I have encountered during my history in academia. After five years of college, this experience has brought refreshing diversity to the standard lecture model schedule students and instructors have become accustomed to. The hands-on approach and expectations set before my classmates and I have provided us with a sense of purpose and responsibility; we do not merely sit in class and take notes, but rather, we make the hangers, photograph the garments, and literally document the life of the adventurous and influential Bonnie Cashin.
I took this class because I thought that a fashion course would be an interesting alternative to my usual Art History electives. I could not be happier with this choice and I welcome the stimulation and challenges brought forward by this unconventional class, inspired by an unconventional woman.