Fashion in France: History, Style and Influence

Institut Catholique de Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fashion in France: History, Style and Influence

  • Host University

    Institut Catholique de Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    1/ Objectifs généraux du cours :

    A survey of French Fashion History from the late 17th Century to the early 21st Century.

    Throughout the semester you will learn :
    to be familiar with the main lines of fashion history (styles, personalities, designers?)
    to be familiar with the history of Paris as a fashion industry
    to explain the origins of the French luxury fashion industry

    2/ Démarche pédagogique de l'enseignant
    Most of the classes will be followed by an excursion to a Museum or an exhibition related to the course content

    3/ Supports course files will be sent to students

    4/ Références bibliographiques sommaires
    Laver, James, Costume and Fashion a concise History, London, Thames & Hudson, 2007
    Mendes, Valérie, De la Haye Amy, Fashion since 1900, London, Thames & Hudson, 2010

    5/ Evaluation : (référence le document de synthèse du GT)
    Trois notes de production :
    Note 1 : a midterm exam and a final exam (10 questions)
    Note 2 : for the museums, exhibitions you will see, write a 500 words report
    Note 3 : each student will be assigned to present a personal work on a subject linked with Fashion (an accessory, a specific kind of garment, a designer?) This work could be done alone or in groups of two.
    The presentation should last about 15 minutes


    1. 1700-1789 Louis XIV and the luxury trade - The reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 1: Paris Fashion streets I : le Palais Royal

    2. 1789-1799 The Revolution and the Directory
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 2: 18th century rooms at les Arts Décoratifs entrance free

    3. Meeting at 2.00pm at the Invalides
    1800-1815 Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 3: Hotel National des Invalides Uniforms from Louis XIV to Napoleon III
    Entrance 7.50? (but usually free)

    4. 1815-1848 The Restoration and the July Monarchy The Romantic era
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 4: Musée de la Vie romantique Entrance Global fee for the group 30?

    5. 1848-1870 The Second Empire-Worth and the birth of Haute Couture
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 5: Anatomie d?une collection Palais Galliera global entrance fee 60? for the group

    6. Exam #1 Review lessons 1-5
    1870-1900 «Fin de Siècle» fashion
    Student presentations

    7. 1900-1914 Fashion of the Belle Epoque - Paul Poiret
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 6: Paris Fashion streets II Rue St Honoré, place Vendôme, rue de la Paix

    8. 1914-1939 The Roaring Twenties, Chanel, Lanvin - The Thirties, Vionnet, Schiaparelli
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 7 : Jeanne Lanvin, Jacques Doucet and the decorative arts at Les Arts Décoratifs Entrance free

    9. 1940-1970 Wartime and Fashion - Christian Dior and the New Look - The golden age of Haute Couture
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 8: Paris fashion strets III avenue Montaigne

    10. 1970 -2000 Haute couture and Prêt à Porter The changing times
    Student presentations

    11 Dec Exam #2: Review lessons 6-10
    Study Excursion & Onsite Lecture 9:
    Tenue correcte exigée Les Arts Décoratifs Entrance free


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