Academic journal article Human Ecology

HISTORIC DONATION: Janet Reno '60 Dress Latest Gift to Costume, Textile Collection

Academic journal article Human Ecology

HISTORIC DONATION: Janet Reno '60 Dress Latest Gift to Costume, Textile Collection

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The Cornell Costume and Textile Collection has received a historic donation: a beautiful purple sheath dress with tailored jacket worn by the late Janet Reno '60, the first woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States.

Reno, an Arts & Sciences graduate who went from leading Cornell's Women's Student Government Association as a student to leading the U.S. Department of Justice as attorney general, served in the role for almost eight years during President Bill Clinton's administration, making her the longest-serving attorney general since before the civil war.

"I had the opportunity to meet Janet Reno and listen to her speak when I was an undergraduate student at Cornell in the early 2000s," said Denise Green, assistant professor of Fiber Science and Apparel Design (FSAD) and director of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection.

"As a young girl coming of age in the 1990s, it was so important to see empowered, smart, intelligent women in politics. Janet Reno was an inspiration to me and to other women of my generation and beyond. …

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