Short course
Fashion and Jewellery: 1660-1914

Thursday 11 January 2018 - Thursday 22 March 2018

  • Thursday 11 January 2018 - Thursday 22 March 2018

  • Seminar Room 4, South Kensington

  • Course price £380.00 - £507.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

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This course will examine the relationship between fashion and jewellery between 1660 and 1914, as advances in technology and the discovery of new materials brought both within reach of the mass market. Visits and jewellery handling will be combined with lectures to look at how historical events, changes in society, international trade, and travel inspired the latest trends and designs.

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Course Leaders Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson and Dr Clare Rose

Beatriz Chadour-Sampson is a jewellery historian, lecturer and author. She was consultant curator of the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery. Dr Clare Rose is an international expert on the history of fashion and is the Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies at the Royal School of Needlework.

Short courses at the V&A are a lovely way to meet people with similar interests! We all went for lunch after the last Jewellery course. 2016/17 Short Course Student

Course Overview

From the ‘stomachers’ of 1700 to the ‘dog collars’ of 1900, changes in fashionable dress from era to era have required the development of new types of jewellery to match. As a result, from the Baroque period up to 1914, the history of the two is closely linked. Hairstyles, dress fabrics, and their colours determined the styles and choices of jewellery and accessories; while jewellery had a very important place in the wardrobe of fashionable women – and men. At Court ceremonies and other formal occasions, the number and type of jewels worn in combination with dress indicated wealth, membership of elite groups, and links to people in power. Worn every day, women’s necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and men’s watches and seals, provided opportunities to display knowledge of the latest designs and techniques, reinforcing personal relationships.

This 10 week course will have a half term on the 15 February.

£507 full price, £456 over 60s, £380 concessions
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)


Explore the subjects you love

Delve deeper into the subjects you love in a group who share your passion, and enjoy guided access to the V&A collections with expert tutors and lecturers. Refreshments served on arrival each day.

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Short course: Fashion and Jewellery: 1660-1914

11 January 2018 - 22 March 2018

£380.00 - £507.00

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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