Fashion Period. An Interview with Dr. Shannon Withycombe


An ad for Modess sanitary products featured in Vogue magazine, May 1953. FIT Special Collections and College Archive, New York, NY.

Periods. A universally taboo topic for 1000s of years, menstruation was only addressed commercially in the early 20th century. We talk the pad's evolution--and all its accompanying accessories--with women's health historian Dr. Shannon Withycombe.

Additional Reading

  • Withycombe, Shannon. Lost: Miscarriage in Nineteenth-Century America (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2018).