Frivolous or formal, austere or extravagant, fashion in every era has expressed the stylish confidence captured in the word “panache.”
We will explore three centuries of fashion, starting with the baroque, rococo and neoclassical styles (1700–1820), moving on to the Romantic and Victorian eras (1820–1900) and coming up to date through Edwardian and modern times (1900–2000). We will examine the styles of each period in detail and learn how changes in fashion have been influenced by politics, economics, technology and social attitudes. Our progress through the centuries will be illustrated by numerous slides, as well as examples of original garments from the instructor’s famous collection of historic clothing.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.