Unspeakable Beauty: A History of Fashion

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Unspeakable Beauty: A History of Fashion

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Fashion, Fashion Design

  • 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 introduces you to the history of Western fashion from the 14th century to the 21st century. The unit will guide you to understanding key aesthetic changes in the history of fashion, the role of fashion in defining social and cultural identity, and how fashion is a significant form of visual culture linked to historical, cultural and social contexts. This unit will introduce you to concepts that are essential to the study of history and theory of fashion.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Recognise key historical, cultural and aesthetic concepts in fashion, from antiquity to modern fashion.
    2. Identify, evaluate and synthesise key aesthetic changes in style in relation to intercultural and social developments.
    3. Apply written, visual and oral communication skills for fashion contexts using academic writing conventions.
    This unit addresses content such as:
    • Styles of fashionable dress in the west up to the 21st century;
    • Historical and contemporary aesthetic theories;
    • Key figures in the development of fashion from the Renaissance to modern times;
    • Significant developments in the production and consumption of modern fashion - including the rise of the designer, industrialisation and consumption.
    Assessment name: Annotated Bibliography
    Description: You will submit an annotated bibliography related to your chosen topic.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2,3
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid Semester
    Assessment name: Essay
    Description: You will submit an essay on your chosen topic.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2,3
    Weight: 60
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End of Semester

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