Fashion History: The Evolution of Style
On this fashion history course you will discover the key moments in fashion history and theory over 200 years from the French Revolution through to the 1990s. Students will each receive a copy of Amber’s first book, Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany: An Elegant Collection of Stories, Quotations, Tips & Trivia from the World of Style, as part of the course...
Taught by: Amber Butchart.
On this fashion history course you will discover the key moments in fashion history and theory over 200 years from the French Revolution through to the 1990s. Students will each receive a copy of Amber’s first book, Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany: An Elegant Collection of Stories, Quotations, Tips & Trivia from the World of Style, as part of the course.
The course includes:
- The 19th-century corseted hourglass figure to the birth of haute couture
- The modernist look of the flapper to 1930s Hollywood-inspired bias-cut glamour
- Austere 1940s fashion history and the post-war romance of Dior's New Look
- The explosion of youth culture and the legacy of street style
- Exploration of the cyclical nature of styles in culture and fashion history
- Illustrated lectures and optional visits to exhibitions and museum collections
- Extravagant 18th century court fashions and the politics of clothing during the Revolution
Booking:Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Amber Butchart is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and fashion historian. She is an Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, where she lectures across a number of areas concerning fashion, the body and contemporary culture, from the impact of blogging on fashion media to fashion and the grotesque. She has contributed to productions for BBC 1 & 2, BBC Learning, Radio 4, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, from the Great British Sewing Bee to Making History and Woman’s Hour, and she presents a regular ‘In Conversation’ series at the V&A museum looking at issues concerning the clothed body in fashion and performance, covering areas from Shakespeare to David Bowie. Shot by Vogue as a girl with great British style, her interest in antique clothing was ignited by working as Head Buyer and Trend Analyst for vintage clothing company Beyond Retro, and for 5 years she was a regular contributor to leading trend analysis company WGSN. A former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Amber is regularly asked to speak at conferences and public lectures on various aspects of fashion history, from symposiums on fashion and food to talks on the cultural history of shoes. She has spoken at a range of institutions including the Institute for Contemporary Arts, British Museum, Royal Academy, British Library, Wellcome Collection, British Film Institute, and is a regular on the SHOWstudio fashion week panels. Her book Nautical Chic: a history of high fashion on the high seas, is forthcoming in 2015 published by Thames & Hudson. Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany, her compilation of vestimentary oddities, sold out within a month of publication and was featured in The Times ‘five best style titles for spring’, and The Observer’s Top 5 picks. Amber is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Association of Dress Historians. Amber blogs at theatreoffashion.co.uk.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- Notebook and pen