Face to Face Version Spring 2006

Class Time and Location Mondays 6:30pm- 9:30pm THR 101 (The “Greenroom”)

Final Exam Period 6:30pm- 8:30pm, Monday May 8

Catalog Description: Social history of costume in Western Civilization, from Ancient Greece to the present time. Includes instruction in the methods of research used to find visual source material, and assignments that exercise these research skills.

Purposes: To gain an over-view of Western costume history.  To understand connections between the history of clothing and the history of art, dance, theatre, politics and society. To learn to use the library, the Internet, and antique garments to research costume history.

Free online textbook:  See my WWW site The Costumer’s Manifesto: http://www.costumes.org especially the sections Costume History Sorted By Periodhttp://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/costhistpage.htm  and the lectures for the Online Version of this class http://www.costumes.org/classes/fashiondress/thr355main.htm

Other Requirements: 

            Unless prohibited by your religion or doctor, bring caffeinated beverages to all slide lectures. Students falling asleep during slide lectures who do not bring such beverages may have rubber bands shot at them by Dr. Maginnis. Shows: All students enrolled in a theatre class are expected to view our main stage shows, (In this case. Waiting for Godot) and you will get one free ticket to each UAF show, (students working on a specific production get 2).  You may pick up your free tickets beginning 1 week before the show opening at the UAF box office.  You are not required to see the Fashion show, since it is a fund raiser for the dept, but you may get extra credit for this class by participating in it as a model, entrant or dresser.

Student Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students should be able to identify clothing from the major eras of Western costume history, and be able to conduct in-depth independent research on any costume history topic of interest to them using primary and secondary source materials, including actual garments.

Minor Projects:

1.      Study a single garment in our Costume History Collection, or which you own, and look for examples of similar garments in primary source material of the time.  (Garment must be older than you are).  Assemble a short report, describing what you have learned about the garment and it’s context in it’s period. 20 credits.

2.      Study a single garment in our Costume History Collection, or which you own, and make a pattern from it either in scale on a graph paper grid, or sewn up in muslin or other fabric.  Either write out the details of what you would need to do to replicate the garment for an actor, or actually do so. 20-40 credits depending on how complex the project is.

3.      Most people study the history of fashion in order to better replicate the fashions of the past for reenacting or for drama (theatre/TV/movies).  Yet at a certain point in designing and making any replication of past clothing, the designer must make artistic or practical choices that are at times at variance with historical probability. Analyze a movie that has costumes set in a period other than the one in which it was made.  Good choices include:Elizabeth, Angels and Insects, Gone With the Wind, Tom Jones, Cleopatra, and Chicago. Write a 1 to 2-page review of the film you saw addressing all of the following topics: The basic story. The style of the film. The extent to which the costumes in the film supported the story. The extent to which the costumes appeared to conform to real images from the past. Why you thought the costumes were successful or unsuccessful overall. 10 credits. Doing 8 reviews of these and posting them, with pictures, to the WWW adds up to a 100pt major project.

4.      Kill many magazines and do drawings or Xeroxes to make a neat, labeled scrapbook of contemporary fashion pictures that show design elements taken from other eras, shown next to an example from that era with the same feature.  This “scrapbook” can also be in the form of Power Point, web page, etc. 20 credits.

5.      Contrast styles in art and architecture with fashions of the same era, identifying similarities (or differences) in line, color and motifs. These may be many examples from a single era, or scattered examples from several eras.  This project can be submitted entirely in the form of pictures, in a manner similar to that of the James Laver book Style and Costume. 20 credits.

6.      Design a single paper doll of one era or nationality, and their clothes, including underwear, accessories, and at least 5 changes of clothes, with labeling of when these clothes are worn.  Paper dolls should be in color, or should be in clear B&W ready to color outlines, suitable for Xeroxing for K-6 classes.  20 credits.

7.      Sew an historical outfit for a fashion doll, such as you might use to teach a K-6 class about fashion history.  You may use a commercially available historic doll pattern (ask Tara) BUT you must document your choices in color, fabric, and details with pictures from contemporary sources. 10 credits

8.      Make a short report on the controversy/political ramifications about one of the following clothing items: Legal wigs, Penis Gourds, Hi jab, or Wonder bras. 20 Credits.

Fun Weird Projects: We could do these during the final period. These are not open to variations in presentation format.

1.      Group project: Create a “Jeopardy” game using information you all got in my thrilling lectures to help the class review our material near the end of the semester. You must have 6 categories, as well as final jeopardy, and follow the TV format.  Other students (not in your group) will act as contestants.  Tara will award a costume book to the winner. 20 credits per group member, or 50 for a solo effort.

2.      Similar to above, but make cards for a Trivial Pursuit Game using any trivia found on the historical sections of Tara will award a costume book to the winner.  20 credits per member of a group, or 50 for a solo effort.

3.      Make up a crossword puzzle using at least 30 words you learned in class.  Definitions should be in the clue section, and the terms in the puzzle.  Present copies to the entire class. Tara will award a costume book to the first successful person to complete the crossword. 20 points.

Delivery Formats:  Not all projects are adaptable to all delivery formats; use common sense.

1.      A formal written research paper, with pictures and footnotes.

2.      An oral presentation, with some sort of visual component such as slides, costumes, handouts for all, etc.

3.      A binder of highlighted and organized research material with written notes and occasional commentary.

4.      A web site, with pictures and text.

5.      A video.

6.      A live multimedia performance.

7.      A Power Point presentation. 

Group Presentations:  If you wish any project to be done by two or more of you this is quite OK.  People can often motivate more when studying with a group of friends.  However, it should be obvious that the more people who are working on a project, the more quantity or quality are expected in the finished results.  So, for example, I would expect a single person doing an oral report on a major project might take 10-20 minutes to do a presentation, whereas a group should reasonably do more.

Grading:  Grading is based on an average of your letter grades for the total of these assignments.  Completing less than the full number of 100 project credits can lower your grade.

Extra Credit:

Maintaining a close to perfect attendance record can earn you up to 10 extra project points.  An attendance sign in sheet will be passed around during each class, and students who miss no classes will automatically receive 10 extra credit points.  Students who miss 1-2 classes will get 7 extra credits, students who miss 3 classes get 5 extra credits.

Support Services:  UAF Student Support Services office is located in 508 Gruening Building Phone: (907) 474 6844 Fax: (907) 474 7480 and further information may be obtained at http://www.uaf.edu/sssp or by E-mail: fysssp@uaf.edu

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