Online course
Global Threads: Fashion 1600-2000

Thursday 13 January 2022 - Thursday 31 March 2022

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Each country has its own history of dress, often with social and regional variations, so we will look at the dress of people in Asia, Africa, the Americas, parts of Europe and in the British Isles. You will be able to see where similarities existed and to recognize the extent to which British fashion has been influenced by other cultures.
The course begins with the essential clothing required by seventeenth century emigrants heading for a new life in the North American colonies and ends with a look at nineteenth century fashion in Britain and at the movements which foreshadowed the radical developments of the twentieth century.

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Jennifer Wearden

Course Director Jennifer Wearden

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 most fantastic course - Jennifer's sessions are full of such great knowledge and fun! Previous Spring 2021 Student

Course Overview

This course covers the period from the seventeenth century into the 20th century during which
European knowledge of the world was expanding, European fashions were spreading around the globe and stylish clothing was more readily available at home.
Across the world the basic shape of garments has always been influenced by the prevailing climate and by available technologies and because each country has its own history of dress, often with social and regional variations, we will look at the dress of people in Japan, Korea, China, India and south-east Asia, in Africa, in the Americas and in the British Isles. You will be able to see where similarities existed and to recognize the extent to which British fashion has been influenced by other cultures.
The course begins with the essential clothing required by seventeenth century emigrants heading for a new life in the North American colonies and ends with a look at nineteenth century fashion in Britain and at the movements which foreshadowed the radical developments of the twentieth century.

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Membership Priority Booking opens at 10am on Monday 14 June

Tickets will be available for general sale at 10am on Monday 21 June

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Online course: Global Threads: Fashion 1600-2000

13 January 2022 - 31 March 2022

£395.00

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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)