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THE 041 – History of Costume

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Overview of period costume and its adaptation for the stage. Cross-listed with: GSWS 035. Alternating Falls with THE 042.

Section Description: Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies 035 / Theater 041A: History of Costume 11:30 - 12:45 TR #94420 Martin Thaler Description: History of Costume is a broad overview of the history of costume. Emphasis is on applying adaptations of historical elements of period research to contemporary fashion and stage costume design. Each period of fashion (from the Egyptian to the early‑twentieth century) is discussed in an effort to aid the students in identifying garments particular to each time span, social class, geographic area and national origin and gender relationships. While many slides are used, this is NOT a powerpoint class. The goals of the course include: Enabling the student to identify a particular garment. To excite the imaginations of contemporary fashion designers through the study of past fashion. Examining the trends of styles of past fashions and their relationship to fashion mechanizing, and the responsibilities of the contemporary buyer. To give a solid foundation of historical accuracy to the theatrical costume designer, that he/she may use as a basis for period reproduction, or creative adaptations. For students focusing in Women’s Studies, to show the relationship of women and their clothing in the context of the society in which they lived, and how that affected their daily lives, social place, and relationships with the men of their period. --

CRN: 93927

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 15/15

Days Time Location
TR 11:30 - 12:45 ROYALL TYLER THR 210

Instructor(s): Martin Andrew Thaler

Meeting Dates: 25 Aug 2014 - 03 Dec 2014