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20,000 Years of Fashion : The History of Costume and Personal Adornment
File:Surveyofhistcost.jpeg Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress | align="left" valign="top" | Schedule:
1/23 Intro & syllabus, cover basic ideas in the history of fashion. Video Fashion and Clothing (VH-5094)
Handout Library Costume Resources: a Supplement
1/30 Slide lecture: Prehistoric dress, The needle before the Wheel. Ancient dress, Greek & Roman Myths and realities of pagan decadence. Field trip to the Library.
2/6 Slide show: Late Antiquity, Byzantine & Early Medieval aka 500 years of camping out Video: The History of Hair
2/13 Slide Show: Medieval affluence rising. Video: Headdress Through the Ages Library Tour 2: 1st and 4th Floor (Indexes)
2/20 Slide Show: Late Medieval/Early Italian Renaissance; the planned obsolescence of "fashion" .Video: Unmentionables, the History of Underwear
2/27 Slide show: 16th Century, Bursting at the seams; corsetry, slashing, and the first great struggle between rapid change and conservatism. Library Tour #3: 2nd & 3rd Floors
3/6 Early 17th Century, Sex vs. Religion in dress and politics. Absolutism in the age of Louis XIV DVD of either The Three Musketeers or Vatel or video of Restoration
3/13 SPRING BREAK March 13-17
3/20 Slide Show: The 18th Century
3/27 Slide Lecture: 1789-1815, Revolution and fashion then meet in costume shop for introduction to antique/vintage clothing. Demo of "dating" antique garments from pictures and patterns
4/3 Meet in costume Shop for Demonstration: Industrial tools race Pre-Industrial stitchers and their tools. Experience the wonders of the sewing machine, rotating pinkers, improvements in scissors, mass-produced pins, and other gadgets that radically altered clothing production for all time. Slide lecture: 1815-1840 Industrialization, Romanticism and the separation of the sexes.
4/10 Slide lecture: 1840-1880 Conspicuous consumption. Meet later in Costume Shop to fondle 20th century shoes and old catalogs, using the latter to date the former.
4/17 Slide Lecture: 1880-1900 Dress reform. Video: The Story of Fashion, pt 1,
4/24 Slide show: 1900-1915 The New Woman, The New Man and the rise of sportswear. Video: The Story of Fashion, pt 2, Slide show: 1910-1929 Orientalism and Art Deco from Russia and Paris.
5/1 Slide show: 1930-1945 Fabric conservation and rationing.: Videos The Story of Fashion, pt 3, After seeing the three videos of The Story of Fashion, compete at doing the best Karl Lagerfeld impersonation in class. NO credits, but Tara will award a costume book to the winner.
5/8 Final Exam Period TBA times for oral presentations of projects if needed. Video: Wearable Art
'Assignments: The format of this course allows you to choose two or more project assignments from a variety of project types, and deliver them in your choice of several formats. The goal is that you should learn both about methods of research and details about a select subject in fashion history in each project. However the format you choose to demonstrate successful research+analysis=knowledge can be in any format in which you feel competent and comfortable. Projects may be done EITHER by single individuals, or by groups of two or more students at your discretion. The number of projects you do can also vary. How this works is that every assignment is "worth" a certain number of points depending on the nature of the assignment and it's difficulty. As a student you are required to finish project assignments adding up to 100 credits overall. '
1. Do a detailed research project on the origins of a well-known iconic costume of a mythical being. Examples: Angel, Devil, Wizard, Space Alien, Santa Claus, Fairies, Death, Vampire, Witch, or Liberty. Trace the evolution of the costume from its earliest examples, using both text and visual sources. If possible, show or describe how other cultures costume these figures. Show when, and how, the ideas about the look of the being first became fixed into an easily recognizable archetype. Cover why you think this archetype became the recognized standard in our culture. 50 credits
2. Similar to above project, but trace the origin of the dress of a real group of people that has, over time, been turned into a theatricalized icon. Examples: Pirates, Cavemen, Court Jesters/Clowns, Cowboys, or Frontier Prostitutes. Show what is known about the real dress of these people in their own time, then trace the process by which theatrical and film costume designs made for these characters has caused an iconic version to be recognized as a standard. What does the icon mean? 50 credits
3. Do a detailed research project on the history of fashion in any group not covered in detail in the class lectures. This may include the dress of non-Western nations and tribes, sub-groups in society like Punk, Pre-Raphaelite dress reformers, or fetishists, or the Traditional dress associated with an occasion like weddings, coronations or funerals, or associated with a profession like lawyers or prostitutes. Cover how this dress changed over time, and how the dress has significance for the group that created it and wore/wears it. 50 credits.
4. Study a group of Garments in a given decade from our Costume History Collection, or which you own, and look for examples of similar garments in primary source material of the time. (Garments must be older than you are). Assemble a report, using the garments as the center of focus, on this time in costume history. Note: Items from our history collection cannot be worn as part of a presentation/performance. Exceptions may be made if the garment in question is determined to be strong enough, and not too tight for the wearer. 50 credits.
5. Design a series of 6 paper dolls of various eras or nationalities, and their clothes, including underwear, accessories, and a change of clothes. Paper dolls should be in color, or should be in clear B&W ready to color outlines, suitable for Xeroxing for K-6 classes. 50 credits.
6. Make yourself a complete costume for historical reenactment and document its authenticity in the manner prescribed for competition in the Costume Con Historical Masquerade. If you have no idea what this means, ask. 50 Credits.
7. Sew 5 or more historical outfits for fashion dolls, such as you might use to teach a K-6 class about fashion history. You may use commercially available historic doll patterns (ask Tara) BUT you must document your choices in color, fabric, and details with pictures from contemporary sources. 50 credits.
8. Apart from garments, fashion also includes issues of body image, modification and cosmetics. Do a detailed research project on one of these topics. 50 Credits.
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