The French and their Fashion

Institut Catholique de Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The French and their Fashion

  • Host University

    Institut Catholique de Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    Fashion, French Culture

  • Language Level

    High Beginning, Low Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    1 / General objectives of the course:

    - Discover fashion Paris.
    - Study the history of women in France through the evolution of fashion in the 20th century.
    - Discover the life, work and influence of the great couturiers (Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint-Laurent, etc.).
    - Learn to recognize and describe a style.
    - Discover the richness of the artisanal heritage linked to the world of fashion in France.
    - Meet with fashion professionals.

    2 / Pedagogical approach of the teacher:

    This course is built on a communicative approach that invites students through many types of activities (preparation of presentations, group work, observations, reports of meetings and visits, etc.). In a thematic approach we will discover In a first part the world of fashion and then in a second we will parallele the history of the French and the evolution of fashion trends.

    3 / Supporting materials:

    Files consisting of authentic documents, press articles (newspapers, magazines, professional magazines), songs, excerpts from films and video documents (INA archives), visits to museums or temporary exhibitions and meetings with professionals.

    4 / Bibliographical references summary:

    - the Galliera Museum, the Docks - Cité de la Mode and Design, foundation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent.
    - Websites of the big fashion houses.
    - fashion magazines, trade magazines and exhibition catalogs.
    - reference works.

    5 / Evaluation:

    Three production notes:
    Note 1: 2 assignments on the table - terminal control
    Note 2: Work at Home (Presentation)
    Note 3: Visits report
    Participation note: Attendance, initiative, responsiveness, relevance of interventions
    Each note takes into account knowledge and expression in French.
    Attendance at table controls is mandatory to obtain the certificate.

    6 / Attendance, punctuality
    Beyond that, neither the Certificate of Attendance nor the Certificate of Results can be awarded.
    In case of absence or delay, notify the teacher and the secretariat. Provide proof upon return to class. It is up to you to inquire (with the class delegate or a fellow) about the work done and the duties requested.


    Theme day
    1. Session 1 What is fashion?
    2. Session 2 What is haute couture?
    3. Session 3 Paris, the world and fashion / Visit to the Golden Triangle
    4. Session 4 Fashion Paris: department stores / Visit to the Bon Marché
    5. Session 5 Accessory Essentials
    6. Session 6 A short history of haute couture (test 1)
    7. Session 7 Mademoiselle Chanel
    8. Session 8 Portraits of Creators of the Roaring Twenties
    9. Session 9 Christian Dior, dream couturier: Visit of the exhibition to the Decorative Arts
    10. Session 10 The Second World War and Fashion
    11. Session 11 The revolution of the 1960s
    12. Session 12 Yves Saint-Laurent: Visit to the Yves Saint-Laurent Museum (test 2)
    13. Session 13 The terrible children of fashion
    14. Session 14 Today's Fashion
    15. Session 15 Create a Collection

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.