The History, Economics, and Design of High Fashion from 1901 to the Present

Term Fall 2020
Code WH39
Ages 12 & up
Instructor Hope Van Dyne
Price $450

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The rarified world of high fashion has always fascinated people. It is a milieu populated with design geniuses, bigger-than-life personalities, and high-society figures. It serves film stars, royalty, high society, and the most successful people of each age. The allure is overwhelming.

But behind the cameras lies a world where the pure creativity of design and the puffery of marketing and publicity meet the hard realities of supply and demand, buyer and seller, cash flow and profit margins, and bankers and accountants, as well as the larger societal forces of liberation and repression, the macroeconomics of boom and recession and even depression, and the geo-political forces that bring war and peace. This course will focus on the interaction between the environment created by great figures in fashion and the wider world. Students will look closely at the great fashion designers and their innovations and take the time to enjoy some of the most colorful stories of success and failure.

Live Classes: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from August 19th to December 16th

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.

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