Women’s Fashion and Dress Reform in North America and West Europe in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

NEW: Women’s Fashion and Dress Reform in North America and West Europe in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

This lesson plan explores 19th and early 20th century fashion history in North America and Western Europe, looking specifically at women’s fashion and the development of women’s dress reform. This unit consists of five lessons and is intended for students at first year undergraduate level and above. The first part of this unit introduces students to fashion history and the changing fashionable silhouettes for women during the time. The second part focusses on women’s dress reform, related to health concerns from wearing tight, body confining garments and the emergence of the fight for women’s rights.

 

African American Dress and Fashion

NEW: African American Dress and Fashion

This unit will cover a historical overview of the fashion and hairstyles of African Americans from slavery times and through the twenty-first century. The social and political influences of the times will be discussed in relation to the way of dress, in addition to the effects of cultural appropriation of African American dress. This unit consists of five lessons and is intended for students in their third year undergraduate and above.

 

Historical Costume Design

NEW: Costume Design

This course provides students with an introduction to the creative practice of costume design, with a focus on research methods, character analysis, and the clear rendering of ideas. It is targeted toward undergraduate fashion students and is divided into four two-part modules. In addition to learning the difference between fashion and costumes, students will develop methods of creative thinking relative to solving design problems and will demonstrate the ability to present ideas clearly, both visually and orally.

 

 

Cultures and Subcultures in Global Context

NEW: Cultures and Subcultures in a Global Context

Cultures and Subcultures in Global Context examines the intersections of dress and human behaviors in connection with cultures and subcultures throughout the world. Drawing on Dress Studies theories and methods of analysis, this course explores the ways that cultures and subcultures impact dress and fashion systems, and in turn the interplay between dress and human behaviors. This course has six modules, covering topics such as Dress Theory and Classification, Street Styles and Antifashion, Cultural Body Modifications and Subcultural Body Modification.

 

  

Dress, Culture, and Society

  

Dress and the Arts

  

Nineteenth-Century Western Silhouettes and Color

  

Victorian Fashion

  

Fashion in the Museum

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