A History of Fashion: What the Georgians and Victorians Wore 1715-1914

Ref: C2423146

What the Georgians and Victorians Wore will consider historical fashion through and analysis of images, text and extant garments from the early eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. We will consider how the bodies of both men and women were shaped to reflect not only idealised beauty but the impact of Revolution, War and Social Movements. We will also look at how these fashions are re-incorporated and referenced in the clothing we wear today.

Course aim

To gain an understanding of fashion history from the early 18th to late 19th centuries. How clothing choices reflected the political upheavals of Revolution and War, how fashion reflected idealised beauty and its cyclical nature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • An understanding of the development of fashion from the eighteenth - early twentieth centuries.
  • An understanding of how fashion reflected the trade of Empire and the impact of War, Revolution and of the social upheavals.
  • An understanding of how beauty ideals are created and bodies are manipulated to conform to them.
  • An understanding of the cyclical nature of fashion and how it constantly re-incorporates and re-cycles ideas and ideals.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

I would recommend a look at the V&A chronology of fashion page (http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/c/chronology-of-fashion/) for a basic understanding of the period that we're looking at.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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A History of Fashion: What the Georgians and Victorians Wore 1715-1914

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Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

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  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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