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Using the V&A’s world-class fashion collections and expertise, we will explore the world of male and female dress, from exquisite visions to peculiar and sometimes outrageous ones, and we will see how fashion reshaped the human figure. We will look at the different types of accessories used to compliment clothing: the wigs and hats, shoes, lace and jewels and we will investigate the stays, corsets and hoops that underpinned the fashionable silhouettes. On this three hundred year journey you will trace the social and technical movements that changed what was possible and what was desirable to wear.
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Jennifer Wearden was Senior Curator of Textiles in the Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion until 2005. With experience of the textile industry in Lancashire and 28 years working with the textile collection in the V&A, she has also written several popular V&A books including 'Iranian Textiles' and 'Dress in Detail from around the World'.
The autumn course has been fantastic and the cohesive delivery between the different speakers has really helped the course come together as part of a bigger picture. I'm looking forward to the next term of fashion subjects! Power Dressing student autumn 2020
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23 September 2021 - 9 December 2021
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