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Fall 2013
Dec 06,2022
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Students will explore the influence of politics on fashion both as a means of political expression for dissidence, rebellion and social reform as well as understanding why we wear what we wear as a result of direct political will and its societal ramifications. Students will study how the intersection of political leadership, political conflict and trade motivate and shape fashion throughout history. This will be accomplished by the study of historical dress through paintings, historic garments in major museum collections, expression through popular culture including drama, and direct viewing and handling historic garments followed by discussion and debate. Students will view PowerPoint presentations, films and take field trips to museums in New York City during the course of the semester. The class will cover the origins of social hierarchy through dress in the ancient world, political control through dress, political expression during the French Revolution, and reaction by women to fashion during the Victorian Era leading to health reform and suffrage. 20th century topics include the effect of war on fashion in WWII, the Sexual Revolution and anti-war political expression in clothing in the late 60's and 70's, and our contemporary politicians and First Ladies. The class will also cover the Cultural Revolution under Mao and opening of China to trade in the 20th century.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Theater Department

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