New Course for Fall 2015: Fashion History and Global Attire

A new Fashion Merchandising course, Fashion History and Global Attire, will launch in Fall 2015. Created by Professor Amanda Hallay (who will also be teaching it), Fashion History and Global Attire will provide a complete and comprehensive overview of costume history from Neolithic times to the present day, as well as an extensive view of global traditional and indigenous attire.

“It is important for fashion professionals to know their fashion history,” says Professor Hallay. “Designers continually source the past and students should be able to recognize the difference between a collection inspired by Rococo style and one that draws from the Regency era. If a student becomes a stylist and is tasked with creating a look that evokes the Greco-Roman world, she needs to know what the Greco-Roman world actually was, and how those who inhabited it dressed.”

Fashion History and Global Attire will be offered as a 3-credit professional elective in the fall for current students and will be a required course for transfer students who enter LIM with the prerequisite of Fashion Fundamentals completed. Two sections will be available -- one online and one face-to-face on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. In Spring 2016, the course will be a second-semester requirement for freshmen majoring in Fashion Merchandising.

The course will not only focus on Western fashion; the culture and costume of other nations will also be covered extensively.

“We live in an increasingly global climate,” says Professor Hallay, “and it is important for students to be aware of the rich and varied costume in the rest of the world. And as to careers in fashion, everyone in the industry knows the difference between a sari and sarong, a kimono and a kebaya, so whether a student wants to be a buyer, a stylist, a fashion writer, a visual merchandiser or any kind of fashion professional, Fashion History and Global Attire will give them a knowledge base they will draw on for the rest of their professional lives.”