Off-the-Shoulder Tops Are Relics of a Less-Feminist Era. Why Are They So Popular in 2017?
To keep up with a faster fashion cycle, designers are reframing bare shoulders as a symbol of female empowerment.
Jade Papa is a costume historian and the curator for The Costume and Textile Collection housed at Philadelphia University, where she also serves as a lecturer. Previously, she worked at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill as an instructor in the Drama Department, where she was the resident costume designer and maker for PlayMakers' Repertory Company. Her written work has appeared in Theatre Design and Technology and she has contributed a number of chapters to texts on the history of theatrical design.