The Costumer's Manifesto: A History of British Fashion & Decor Study in London:
A History of British Fashion & Decor
Court Dress worn by Princess Caroline, Early 19th Century, Museum of London
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Instructor: Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., and Professor of Theatre, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Course Description: A survey of British costume and décor, as experienced through the actual objects and architecture found in museums and historic structures.Students will learn to identify the styles of the major periods in British design, with particular emphasis on surviving examples of clothing and jewelry.
18th Century Chatelaines in the Museum of London
Course objective: Enable students to be able to readily identify costume and décor items (that they have not seen previously) by period and style.
Week 1: Introduction to course.Slide show on artifacts of Celtic Britain and walk to the
Museum to see Ancient jewelry and decorative arts.Read
 pgs. 8-39 and make Fimo item based on B.M. object.
File:H.t Styles, John and Snodin, Michael,
and the Decorative Arts : Britain 1500-1900 London, V&A Museum, 2001.
Dupouy, Cris, , New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001
Recommended advance readings
File:H.tLeapman, Michael, and Scott, Mary (eds.)
Travel Guide to London London, DK Adult, 2003 (any edition is OK)
Other Books of interest:
(V&A Costume Collection)
Week 2: Slide show on artifacts of Roman Britain and trip to the
 pgs. 40-75 and make Fimo item based on Museum of London object.
Week 3: Slide show on medieval decorative art & costume and trip to
 pgs. 76-115 and make Fimo item based on medieval object.
Week 4: Slide show on Tudor decorative art & costume and trip to
and Albert Museum. Read
 pgs. 3-63, and make Fimo item based on Tudor object.
Week 5: Slide show on Elizabethan decorative art & costume and trip to
, pgs 116-153, and make Fimo item based on Elizabethan object.
Costume designed for Jane Lapotaire as Elizabeth I for the Royal Gala Opening of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre June 12 1997
Week 6: Midterm, Slide show on Stuart decorative art & costume and short trip to
Hall, Whitehall. Read
, pgs. 64-119, and make Fimo item based on Stuart object.
Week 7: Slide show on Early Georgian decorative art & costume and trip to
, pgs. 120-185, and make Fimo item based on Georgian object.
Week 8: Slide show on Late Georgian decorative art & costume and trip to
and Albert Museum. Read
, pgs. 186-247, and make Fimo item based on Georgian object.
Week 9: Slide show on Early Victorian decorative art & costume and trip to
Britain Gallery. Read
, pgs. 248-307, and make Fimo item based on Victorian object.
A Victorian cast-iron gate in South Kensington
Week 10: Slide show on Late Victorian decorative art & costume and trip to
, pgs. 308-367, and make Fimo item based on Victorian object.
Week 11: Read Styles, pgs. 368-459.Final exam, followed by trip to the new
and Textile Museum (specializing in more recent British design).
Instructional methodology: Students will be expected to complete a sketchbook with notes on all eras covered (may be combined with other class journals, a Blog, etc), as well as 10 finished small 3-D replication projects with Fimo (copies/adaptations of things like jewelry, chess pieces, sword hilts, miniatures of sculptures, etc). Students are encouraged to make rough sketches or photos of the item to be reproduced in Fimo for reference.Midterm and final style identification exams will consist of watching a series of slides of unfamiliar objects that students may briefly identify by period, style, or artist.
Method of evaluation/grading
Sketchbook with notes on all eras covered (may be combined with other class journals, a Blog, etc) 35% of grade
Small 3-D replication projects (weekly) with Fimo 35% of grade
Midterm style identification exam (with slides) 15% of grade
Final style identification exam (with slides) 15% of grade
Proposed Class Excursions
Museum Of Costumes, Assembly Rooms,
Baths, 18th Century Pump Room, Cathedral, etc.One of the largest historical costume collections in the world, and pretty well essential for the study of English costume.The central part of the city of Bath, is a perfectly preserved time-travel sort of experience, where nearly every bit of architecture for blocks is unchanged from the late 18th century neoclassical period.The Baths themselves are the best-preserved Roman era ruins in England.
Vanda22002-06-15Vanda2_059Roman era stone carving and Roman Baths in Bath
Hall Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ, a 16th Century private palace built for Bess of Hardwick, and virtually unchanged since her time.Contains the largest collection of 16th & 17th Century British textiles, most originally made in, and for, the house.A perfect bubble in time.
 (18th Century country house & garden) in Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE.Contains the Paulise de Bush Costume Collection
Hall (18th Century country house and garden) near Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DW.Contains the Wade Costume Collection of 18th Century garments made famous by Janet Arnolds book, Patterns of Fashion 1
In addition to these excursions, I wish to arrange for students to meet for class in a number of places in London, including:
oSeveral trips to the
and Albert Museum (Great collection of costume and decorative arts)
The Museum of London (ditto)
British Museum (historic jewelry)
Westminster Abbey (Gothic architectural ornament)
Theatre (interesting Renaissance reconstruction & costume exhibit)
Palace (Late Stuart and early Georgian architecture, sections with Victorian décor, costume collection)
Hall, Whitehall (Inigo Jones building)
Britain (Victorian Realism, Renaissance portraits)
and Textile Museum (20th Century fashion)
Class #1: A History of British Fashion & Decor