Guest Speaker: Rachelle Bergstein, Author of 'Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us' on Oct. 8

Rachelle Bergstein is a writer and editor whose first book, Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us (HarperCollins) was called “wickedly provocative” by Kirkus Reviews, “fleet-footed” by the New York Times, and was named one of Janet Maslin’s top beach reads of Summer 2012.

Bergstein shows how the story of shoes is the story of women, told from the ankle down. Beginning with the well-heeled Suffragettes in the 1910s, women have fought for greater freedom and mobility, a struggle that exploded in the 1960s with the Women’s Liberation Movement, and culminated in the new millennium with our devotion to personal choice. Featuring interviews with designers, historians, and cultural experts, and a cast of real life characters from Marilyn Monroe to Jane Fonda, Women from the Ankle Down is a lively, compelling look at the evolution of modern women and the fashion that reflects—and has shaped—their changing lives.

About Rachelle Bergstein
Bergstein’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Awl, Slice, Bloomberg View, WSJ Speakeasy, Slate DoubleX, HelloGiggles and The Dirty Durty Diary, among others. She has been interviewed for NPR and, in 2012, traveled the country with the Jewish Book Council giving presentations on the subject of women and shoes.

This event is part of the Fashion Insiders speaker series. All LIM College students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. For more information, or to RSVP, email studentlife@limcollege.edu