Fashion and Costume in Film

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fashion and Costume in Film

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Fashion, Fashion Design, Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit studies the relationship between fashion and its dissemination through visual culture. Magazines, film, photography, television and new media have been fundamental to the dissemination of fashion information, the construction of stardom and femininity, and to the development of the fashion industry. This unit examines two creative media, film and the internet. It examines how historically the cross-pollination between the Hollywood Studios, the cosmetic and the clothing industries first, and, more recently, contemporary blogs and internet images have contributed to the formation of discourses of consumer fashion and feminine aesthetic. By examining internet blogs and images, the unit also studies how fashion media have expanded exponentially, with the advent of the stylist, the pr and the dissemination of fashion images as new global phenomena.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Define what is costume and what is fashion;
    2. Investigate and describe character, aesthetic and fashion/costume design in film;
    3. Understand the connection between fashion trends and costuming historically and in contemporary cinema;
    4. Describe the commercial relationship between film, media and fashion industries;
    5. Use theoretical models in film and media communication to understand elements of identification, communication and dress;
    6. Work individually and collaboratively to present new research informed by unit material across a number of writing formats.
    This unit addresses content such as:
    • Theories of celebrity and identity through dress
    • Key films in the history of cinema and fashion/costume to present day
    Assessment name: Essay
    Description: You will write an essay on one of the films in the unit, analysing the relationship between character and dress (2000 words)
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid to Late Semester
    Assessment name: Student negotiated assessment
    Description: You will be able to choose between a creative work (such as a portfolio) for costuming or styling for a real film script with a short written justification (1,000 words), or a written costuming concept (professional plan) for a real short film script.
    Relates to objectives: 2, 3, 5, 6
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: End of Semester

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