May 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AH 2090 - History of Fashion Design

Credits: 3

This course explores the evolution of wearing apparel and personal adornment throughout history to examine more than 20,000 years of fashion periods reflecting politics, economics, fine art, and anthropological influences. Students will investigate how history interplays with the defining styles that have emerged in clothing from the beginning of time to the contemporary interpretations of couture fashion. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of how wearing apparel evolved from function to fashion as it related to the historical context and cultural influence in which it developed.

Prerequisites: AH 1110 - Art Historical Methods + History  

Notes: Offered online only.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Students demonstrate critical thinking skills, defined as the capacity to challenge assumptions, contextualize information, identify problems, conceptualize responses.
  • Students demonstrate writing skills, which encompasses thesis statement, organization, conclusion, grammar, syntax, and spelling.
  • Students practice formal analysis and the identification, definition, and application of the elements and principles of design as well as the various types of media found within Fashion Design.
  • Students recognize formal art historical divisions of Fashion Design
  • Students recognize some of the tenets of art criticism, theory, and methodologies.
  • Analyze reading assignments through discussions and written responses.
  • Students understand the historical context of how wearing apparel evolved from function to fashion.
  • Students demonstrate competence in discipline-specific citation styles.

AH 2090 Course Learning Outcome Rubric  

Required Textbooks:
Survey of Historic Costume, 5th Edition - ISBN: 9781563678066

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