Meet an April Speaker: Sarah Byrd!

Sarah Byrd is a fashion historian and archivist. She’s had a life-long interest in all things “old,” especially people and dresses. She’d like to thank the original cast of MTV’s House of Style and Lauren Ezersky for her current career path.

Sarah will indulge us in The How-Tos of Looking Good: A History of Editorial Fashion tonight at SASS Presents: The History of Looking Hot!

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Meet an April Speaker: Carly Silver!

Carly Silver is an editorial assistant at Harlequin Books, where she (wishfully) hangs out with Fabio all day. An ancient history enthusiast, she graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and can most often be found in used bookstores or playing with puppies.

On April 8th, Carly will enlighten us to the ways of the ancients with her talk “Staying Hot in Ancient Egypt.” See you at SASS!

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April Lecture: The History of Looking Hot!


It’s just about that time of the year when we get to emerge from our hygiene hibernation and prepare ourselves for spring in the city! Makes you wonder, is this all this primping and prodding unique to us contemporary cosmopolitans, or have our ancestors struggled to keep it pulled together for decades?

Featuring historical hotness talks on:

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Staying Hot in Ancient Egypt

Before they were mummies, they were hotties! Carly Silver gives us all the lowdown on what it took to make Cleopatra and her cohorts so irresistible.

Victorians, John Ruskin, and the Hair Down There

Michelle Legro shares one of history’s greatest tales about getting tail, and what it reveals about Victorian pubic grooming.

The How-Tos of Looking Good: A History of Editorial Fashion

Now that we’ve had the textile revolution, how the heck do you decide what to wear? Sarah Byrd takes us back to the European court’s version of Hot or Not, and all the way to modern fashion editorials.

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March Lecture: Transportation Fails

The 20th century was a time of unprecedented advancements in transportation technologies. With the industrial revolution in full swing, inventors, investors and engineers pushed the boundaries of possibility. Of course, some of them fucked it up royally.This month, we’ll be honoring some of the more epic lapses in judgement with talks on:

The H.M.S. Titanic vs. an Iceberg 

Ach du Lieber: The Tale of the Good Ship Hindenburg

Odd Cargo Spills through the Ages

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Titanic vs. Iceberg

Glenna Abend explains why the “unsinkable” ship ended up being spectacularly sinkable. 

The Good Ship Hindenberg

Want to cross the Atlantic but still afraid of ships after that unsettling Titanic incident? Why not try an airship? Whitney Johnson has all the answers. 

Odd Cargo Spills

Trucks tip over, cargo ships sink, Reema Hijazi is here to tell you some of the strangest stuff that ever fell out of them. 

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Missed Connections of History

Happy V Day! Here we have a throwback from last year, some forlorn lovers trying to make a connection. See if you can identify all of them (some are real, some are fake!) but if you’re having trouble, send an email to for the answers.

MfW: Costume Party Kisses

I saw you from behind my mask at the party last night and I knew that you were something special. Sorry I had to run away so fast after we kissed…saw your parents and had to bounce.

MfW: Pharaoh, be my Empress

I could never resist your beauty and charms, but you could resist mine…until now. Now that your lover / my friend has died, I can’t wait any longer. Our countries should  be together, and so should we. Take the first ship you can to meet me, and we will see if I can win you over.

WfM: Trade Your Table for My Bed

Your knight’s armor, your tights and tunic, how could I resist you? I know I shouldn’t have these feelings, but you’re everything I need. Let’s arrange a meeting, sometime, anytime, but please be discreet- you know what would happen if my royally jealous husband found out.

WfW: A rose is a rose is a rose

I’ve just arrived in Paris and found your salon. There, surrounded by writers and painters, I could only see you. So it might have been the brownies, it might have been the absinthe, it must have been fate- but I’ve found you. I want to be your everything- wife, critic, editor, muse. Please write to me and write about me.

WfM: Temptation Island

It’s the weirdest thing, seeing you, I almost feel like I was made for you. And even made from you. Like from one of your body parts. That sounds weird, I know, but everything’s weird in this place. Give me a holler- I want to see what’s under that fig leaf!

MfW: Lady In Waiting, Don’t Keep Me Waiting

You are a total babe. I know that I am the king, and that I have a wife, but I can get her executed No Problem. Say you’ll be mine, for I love you more than my current wife, and the one before her too. And if you die, I’ll totally wait a minute before marrying another string of ladies. For realsies.

MfW: The elephant to the dove

You’re my student, I’m married, you have a unibrow: there are so many reasons why I shouldn’t want to marry you. But I do. And if we fought and yelled and divorced, well, I would probably marry you again. We would paint beautifully together, I know it.

FtM: Bad to the Bone

Let’s hit the road, get out of this town. You ain’t no good, but I’m no better. We gotta get you outta jail, then we’ll tour this country, make some hits, and take what we can. I’ll drive.

Whoops dropped my beret.

MfW: I love something, maybe you?

Me encanta tu fiery red hair and roaring laugh. We would look so good together in person and on TV. And I will buy you chocolates. A truckload of chocolates. A factory of chocolates. An assembly line of chocolates.

FtM: I feel the chemistry

I love you for your brains, not your beauty. You yourself are a positively glowing individual. If I could rewrite the periodic table, I would put Uranium and Iodine together, for U and I! I can think of nothing better than working countless hours in a lab next to you. Hit me back.

MfW: My Sexy Lass and Her Lovely Ass and Her Noisy Gas

You inspire me to write- both clever books and dirty, explicit love letters. Let’s try Snapchat?

WfM: Don’t Let Me Down

Your band is pretty cool, I guess, but I kind of think they’re holding you back. Everyone knows it. If you get with me, I know we can make beautiful music together and some conceptual art too. Everyone loves conceptual art.

Saw you at the family reunion. We talked about how our favorite team won the SuperBowl. You are the hottest 13 year old ever. I was your creepy older doped up cousin. I want to do you and write about weird stuff and see how that goes. Hope you don’t die of tuberculosis.

MfW: Looking for something a little different?

From one philosopher to another, I want to use my mind all over you. I want to be as open as possible with you- if you are the second sex, I want to be at least 5 of the others.

MfW: Never Let Go

You snuck out of your floor and came to my party even though your friends wouldn’t approve. You looked pretty good dancing, but I bet you’d look even better in the backseat of someone else’s model T. And I want to draw your boobs. Meet me below deck.

WfM: You Make My Head Spin (Right Off LOL)

Even though this is going to be a politically based marriage, I just know I’m going to be glad to have you by my side. I know you’ll be busy, what with all the turmoil in this country, but it’s worth it to be with you. I don’t even care about all the gossip! I don’t even really like cake all that much! Except for when I eat it with you, my dear. Let’s meet in the grands appartements?

MfW: So Sweet, You’re giving me a toothache (JK I have wooden teeth)

You were the wealthy widow with a good family name. I was that guy standing up while crossing the Delaware. Baby, you can chop down my cherry tree anytime. Send a town crier my way and I’ll mount your vernon.

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