What do the fluctuations in women’s fashion tell us about changes in women’s status over time? How have different designers challenged the status quo, looked to the future and celebrated the past?
We’ll explore the lives of twelve leading French designers—including Jeanne Paquin (1869–1936), “Lucile” (1863–1935), Coco Chanel (1883–1971), Christian Dior (1905–1957), Yves Saint Laurent (1936–2008) and Hedi Slimane (b. 1968)—and analyze their iconic designs in connection with the times they were created for. Taking in 100 years of French and international fashion, we’ll consider silhouettes from curves to straight lines and back, colours from shocking pink to the black of the little black dress, femininity, modesty, gender codes and more.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.