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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 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
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