An Exciting New Online Course

Posted on: 08/05/2020 Back to all blog posts

As the pandemic increasingly challenges educational institutions, the Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community continues to try to find more and varied opportunities for our children. Today we are announcing a fall-semester course entitled “The History, Economics, and Design of High Fashion from 1901 to the Present.”

This is a fascinating area of inquiry. It has all the allure of royalty, high society, film stars, and the rich and famous. It has outsized personalities who were or are geniuses at design, branding, marketing, and salesmanship. It has all the pressures of the macroeconomics of boom and depression and the geo-political factors of war, cold war, and peace. This is a course designed to challenge children’s thinking on a multitude of levels, from the creative to the historical to the economic.

We are fortunate that Hope Van Dyne, an expert who has worked with the Museum of Modern Art, as well as with film and stage productions on wardrobe, has offered to teach this course. As a leading collector and dealer of fashionable clothing and accessories, Van Dyne has a direct personal acquaintance with many of the most important figures of the past half-century. One of the benefits of this course is that children will get a portrait of a number of individuals who had the vision, persistence, and talent to shape the world in images they created—people such as Coco Chanel, Yves St. Laurent, Andrei Couriges, Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, and Ralph Lauren.

This course is more than just a fashion show; it is a true history course that will engage students on many levels and leave them with a greater appreciation for the people who helped to shape what we view as culturally significant and unique.

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