Year course
500 Years of Fashion and Dress

Thursday 26 September 2019 - Thursday 9 July 2020

  • Thursday 26 September 2019 - Thursday 9 July 2020

  • Hochhauser Auditorium

  • Course price £640.00 - £1,992.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

Explore the world of male and female dress, from exquisite visions to peculiar and sometimes dangerous trends. Uncover historic techniques and learn how fashions reshaped silhouettes around the world. During this 500 year journey, you will trace the makers and movements that changed what was both possible and desirable.

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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 the beginning of 2005. After 28 years working with the textile collection in the V&A she has devised and run highly successful courses on textiles and dress for the Museum, and has co-authored several popular V&A books.

V&A Courses are wonderful - every lecture is fascinating! 2018/19 Course Student

Full year tickets now on sale. Term tickets will be available twelve weeks before course start and Day tickets will be available four weeks before course start.

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available • No Certificate Option available

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 26 September – 12 December 2019

Power Dressing

This term explores some basic concepts such as colour, cut and the purpose of clothing and then its main focus is on court dress and the dress of the nobility in the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries.

Term 2

12 weeks, 9 January – 26 March 2020

The Wider World

The focus is widened in this term to look at the dress of more ordinary people in Europe and at the dress of people in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Fashion was becoming global and more readily available. The period covered is the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Term 3

12 weeks, 23 April – 9 July 2020

The Modern World

Beginning with the later 19th century, this term looks at the ways technology, transport, social revolution and warfare have influenced fashion and dress and it follows developments through to the late 20th century.

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Year course: 500 Years of Fashion and Dress

26 September 2019 - 9 July 2020

£640.00 - £1,992.00

Term 1: Power Dressing

26 September – 12 December 2019


Term 1 single days

26 September – 12 December 2019


Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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