Course Description & Syllabus

Course Description:

It is essential to understand the interrelationship of fashion and culture, and its development over time. This course examines how historical periods affect the style and construction of clothing from the end of the 19th century to the present. Students are introduced to analytic techniques that evaluate how culture, economics, politics, and religion influence and shape the style of the time. Each student is assigned or selects specific items of clothing to trace the development of style, trends, and fashion. This course also introduces important terminology integral to the fashion industry and crucial to discuss all facets of its history. Issues affecting the fashion industry are explored through readings, videos, discussions, and links to local industry are made through (virtual) field trips and guest speakers.