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The Birth of Style: Fashion 1860-2020

Thursday 22 April 2021 - Thursday 8 July 2021

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In the past 160 years technological and political events have changed what was possible and what was desirable in dress and now we live in a world of ever-changing, throw-away fashion.

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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’.

These have been most interesting and thought provoking sessions. Inspired to learn more. Thank you Jennifer! Previous student, Autumn Term 2020

Course Overview

What we choose to wear has been dramatically influenced by advances in science and technology, by the expectations of ordinary men and women and by the types of people who lead fashion. We will show you how fashion has been shaped by a multitude of forces, how it became a political tool, how it was democratized and undermined and how it may have become unsustainable. You will be introduced to the work of some of the greatest couturiers and designers and you will be able to see why fashion has become what it is today - sometimes breath-takingly gorgeous and sometimes downright boring.


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Online course: The Birth of Style: Fashion 1860-2020

22 April 2021 - 8 July 2021


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