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Jan. 22: Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. Candidate Presents "You Look Terrible: How NOT To Dress For A Job Interview," Jan. 28


Abby Houck                       

Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. Candidate Presents "You Look Terrible:
How NOT To Dress For A Job Interview," Jan. 28

PITTSBURGH — A former fashion writer for Self, Mademoiselle and The New York Times, Carnegie Mellon University doctoral candidate Deirdre Clemente will present "You Look Terrible: How NOT to Dress for a Job Interview" at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 in Carnegie Mellon's McConomy Auditorium in its University Center.

DeirdreThe two-part lecture mixes history and humor to assist students in making a strong first impression on employers as the spring recruiting season quickly approaches.

Based on her dissertation, "From Snobs to Slobs: Collegiate Culture and the Transformation of the American Wardrobe, 1900-1960," Clemente will begin with a short presentation on how college students' leisure-focused lifestyle spawned such trends as tennis shoes, jeans, sports coats and khaki pants.       

"From a sartorial standpoint, college students have redefined American culture," Clemente said. "But the casual clothes that have become the collegian's calling card can handicap them on the job market."

The second part of the lecture examines Clemente's "seven deadly sins" of dressing for a job interview. She will use anonymous photographs of individuals from Carnegie Mellon's campus to describe common fashion mistakes, such as dressing in seasonally inappropriate clothing or failing to purchase clothing that fits properly. The afternoon concludes with a live critique of students asked to attend the workshop in their best interviewing attire.

Prior to pursuing doctoral studies in history at Carnegie Mellon, Clemente completed a master's degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Additional information on Clemente's experience as a journalist, museum curator and historian is available at

The lecture is part of the University Lecture Series, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Student Development Office.