From Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen: Geniuses of Modern Fashion

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EIGHT WEEK COURSE: Explore the careers of the 20 greatest names in modern fashion whose amazing creativity has changed not only the way that people look and dress, but also their entire attitude to clothes.

From the classic tailoring of Coco Chanel, whose easy to wear suits freed women from the constraints of corsets and tight skirts, to the magnificently eccentric Elsa
Schiaparelli who made dresses covered with trompe l’oeil images and hats in the shape of shoes, this course examines the designs, lives and legacies of fashion’s most original talents.

It includes sessions on masters of tailoring such as Balenciaga, Christian Dior, and Givenchy, as well as talks on contemporary visionaries like Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Alexandra McQueen. Learn about the fascinating stories of the most iconic designers and their extraordinary impact on the fashion industry.

Speakers include V&A curators and fashion historians Judith Watt, Linda Watson and Charlotte Sinclair.

8 weeks, Tuesdays, 12 May – 7 July 2015 (Half term: 26 May), 10.30-13.00

£295, £250 concessions

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