FD32, History of Fashion

Syllabus, Spring 2003

Instructor: Ms. McCown Class meets: Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:10pm
Voice mail: (408)741-2045 ext. 3675 Room: ILC
Email: westvalleyfashionhistory@hotmail.com Units: 3, Grade or Credit/No Credit Option
Office hours: by appt. only, 5:30 – 6:00pm Office: ILC

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course covers the historic development of Western fashion and costumes, with an emphasis on styles from 1660 to the present. The affect of an historical period on the clothing of the time is explored with an emphasis on the relationship between past eras and today’s fashions. Students will study the careers of 20th century designers and their contributions to the field of fashion.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and identify the general styles of clothing in all historical periods
  2. Relate those styles to contemporary designs
  3. Comprehensively study the fashion and designers of the 20th century
  4. Understand how social, economic, and artistic movements influence fashion
  5. Become familiar with the design elements and design analysis by discussing both historical and contemporary examples


Survey of Historic Costume, 3rd edition, by Phyllis Tortora and Keith Eubank

QUIZZES AND EXAMS: There are three tests scheduled on the course outline. There will also be a variety of unannounced pop quizzes. Neither tests nor quizzes can be made up if missed. As per College policy, final exams may not be given early for any reason.

PARTICIPATION: Participation in class activities will be considered when determining your final grade. Students are expected to participate in class discussions and group activities.

LATE WORK - Late work is not accepted for credit unless you have contacted the instructor. IF you have notified the instructor that the assignment is going to be late, the grade will be decreased 20%.

GRADING:  How you will be evaluated for your grade:

Class participation 50
Midterm #1 100
Midterm #2 100
Final 100
Quizzes 50
Fashion Designer Research Paper & Presentation 50
Film Costume Critique 50
Historically Inspired Modern Fashion 50

Determination of the Final Grade:

90%+ = A

80%+ = B

70%+ = C

60%+ = D

less than 60% = F


STUDENT CONDUCT: Cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information are causes of disciplinary action by the College and will result in a failing grade for this course.

(School Policy

SUPPORT SERVICES: A variety of support services exist on the WVC campus to assist students who need career counseling, academic help, financial aid, tutoring or who are in educational transition or who have physical, emotional or learning disabilities. Check with the Career Program Center in AAS 35 or consult your class schedule for a list of telephone numbers.


Feb 2               Last day to Add

Feb 13             Last day to Drop