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FDC 122 - History of Clothing

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Introduction to clothing and personal decoration as a reflection of the wearer’s culture, time and place. Includes definition of essential characteristics in the western world, evolution of clothing, geographical and chronological grouping, and areas of analysis through research and projects.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify major silhouettes, garments, accessories, fads and fashions of each century

2. Describe social, political, economic, and aesthetic trends and occurrences.

3. Relate trends and occurrences in clothing, textiles, and accessories

4. Relate the ritual of dress to the present and future.

5. Predict for fashion or retail future trends based on area and work conditions.

Definition of Essential Characteristics of Forms Taken by Costume in the Western World​

Swathed or draped

Fitted and sewn


Evolution of Clothing

Conditions in which forms evolved

Historical conditions and change

Lines along which changes spread

Geographical and Chronological Grouping

Ancient periods

Middle Ages through Sixteenth Century

Seventeenth Century through Twenty-First Century

The History of Clothing Notebook: Areas of Analysis

Time and place

Societal forces

The wearer and body ideals

Garment forms

Textiles and decorative arts


Cosmetics, hair styles, body art


Effective Term:
Spring 2012

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