The High Street Revolution

Ref: C3673143

'The High Street Revolution' will draw on our own experiences of Fashion as we have acquired and worn it, by examining the influences of the Mass Media on us as consumers. We will relive the moment when Audrey Hepburn put Rome on the Fashion map, and gave 1950s women the opportunity to control the way they looked. We will discuss roles played by popular designers - Mary Quant, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood - and talk about extraordinary innovators Paul Smith, Vidal Sassoon, Lynne Franks, Percy Savage.

Course aim

In this course we will look at how the Mass Media, movies in particular, have shaped the way we view Fashion. Links will be made to the heritage and selling of Fashion through film, magazines, newspapers, and art galleries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A desire to tell our own stories would be a welcome resource to this programme.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • An understanding of post WW2 Fashion history.
  • Have an informed view of Consumerism
  • Be inspired to take on ideas from Cultural Geography
  • Be able to see Geography as a view of Shopping Routes
  • Be ready to examine aspects of Film Studies, Fandom, Photography, History and Heritage.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Display, reading and discussion will be at the heart of teaching methods for this course.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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The High Street Revolution


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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