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|Description - |
|A survey of western historic fashion and costume for women and men from ancient times to the present, including the cultural and political events that shaped each era and it's clothing. An introduction to the design elements: color, line, form texture and silhouette and a brief introduction to the use of graphic techniques in the presentation of fashion and costume designs. Analysis of the artistic styles of each era as they relate to understanding costume detail and stylization.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- analyze and recognize the styles of historic fashions.
- analyze dramatic scripts for the historical clothing needs of the characters
- understand each historical era's events and developments and how they relate to changes and developments in fashion, art and architecture.
- understand the relationship of costuming to express the traits of a character.
- develop techniques for researching fashion and costume designs.
- Render and draw designs of varying styles, eras and cultural origins.
- recognize historic fashions from other cultures, particularly as they influenced western clothing development.
- understand the relationship of the performing arts to fashion and society.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Standard lecture presentation classroom with multi-media capabilities; internet access; computer with projection display; slide projector. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Identify the design elements as they are used in historical context to create the artistic style and art conventions of a time.
- Interpret the costuming needs of characters in a dramatic script by exploring the clothing available in those historic eras, as well as by use of stylization techniques.
- Study major historical events, especially wars, as well as the activities of daily living, and understand how these influence artistic and clothing developments.
- Understand and apply the use of line, texture, color and form in developing a design suited to a character, by studying these elements in use in historical information and artistic interpretation.
- Analyze differences in costume designs through the ages by viewing slides and videos of art, architecture, fashion plates, theatrical designs, real garments, textiles and accessories, and by reading historical journals and contemporary resources.
- Sketch or render costumes from historical garments, paintings and sculptures from specified eras to synthesize an enhanced comprehension of clothing detail and complexity.
- Explore traditions and decorative motifs of Eastern/Asian, African and Hispanic societies through history to recognize their effect on the development of western dress.
- Compare and contrast the conventions of fashion trends and the social statements thereof with the practical applications of stage costuming.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Graded examinations
- Class participation and discussion
- Varied assignments of design and script analysis
- Final design/presentation project
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Cunningham, Rebecca. Basic Sewing for Costume Construction: A Handbook, 2nd Edition. Waveland Press Inc, 2011. |
Covey, Elizabeth and Rosemary Ingham. The Costume Designer's Handbook. 3rd ed. Portsmouth: Heinneman Educational Books, 2003.
Laver, James. Costume and Fashion: A Concise History. 4th ed. New York: Thames and Hudson World of Art Books, 2002.
|Disciplines - |
|Theatre Arts |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Discussion, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat, Demonstration, Field trips. |
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Specified readings from required texts.
- Accompanying review assignments for designated readings.
- Written historical classification and description assignments.