SOCIETY in STYLE: Fashion, History & Culture THTR 307v
Instructor: Deborah Brunson
by appointment 646-7354, Office: Rm 119, CFTA [email protected]
Website: http://www.nmsutheatre.com/thtr307V.php (under construction)
Resident Costume Designer Dept of Theatre Arts 1987-present BFA- The University of Alabama MFA- The University of Texas at Austin
Design for theatre and film
Clothing Historian & Consultant
YOU WILL LEARN:
To identify the “visual stamp” of time periods chronologically from the Egyptians to the future with specific emphasis on clothing— including the general aesthetics of a period, plus fashion silhouette, cut, color, fabric, decoration and accessories.
To relate various dress practices to the social, economic, religious, psychological, aesthetic and technical factors in the particular society that produced them. To visually put yourself back in time, to try to imagine what life was like in these time periods.
To be able to accurately date paintings, sculpture or other primary sources by identifying clothing details.
To learn to accurately assess the quality of a source for study, whether written, digital or extant.
To relate technical concepts to their impact on clothing—whether it be discoveries or inventions, or innovations in cut, fit, or wearing practices.
To understand the importance of costume and how it relates to all aspects of the theatre, television, film, media, and digital presentation, particularly how it affects the movement and behavior of a performer or presenter, as well as it’s potential impact on an audience.
YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE: *Redrawings
2 Redrawings for each period--1 male and 1 female. (unless otherwise
noted)These are due at the beginning of class on the Tuesday of the week following when the periods were covered. They will only be collected at this time and place. If you forget them, you have lost your opportunity to turn them in. If I agree to accept one late, you must send it to me electronically by a specified time, and then follow up with a hard copy. All Redrawings must be done from PRIMARY SOURCES and
must include required information
Pages should not be permanently bound, please use one side of full-sized
There will be four exams throughout the semester, the fourth one being at final time.
*Costume Film Analysis.
There are 2, which should be selected from the provided list. A format for these reports is provided.
* Save all classwork until the end of the semester when grading is
***I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE WORK. Please note that if you
turn in an assignment at any other time and place than is specified, I cannot guarantee its security.
Attendance Policy: There is no book--so the lectures, and visual sources used in class are the bulk of the materials presented, therefore, I recommend that regular attendance be high on your priority list. More than 2 absences will result in a lowering of your grade at the discretion of the teacher. Please be on time for all classes. THE ULTIMATE NONPARTICIPATION IS NON-ATTENDANCE!!!
Grading: Redrawings........................................100 4 Tests..............................100 each= 400 2 Film Analysis.....................50 each= 100
= 600 total points ÷ 6 = Your Grade
***Please note that with the fractional grading option, students with perfect attendance and no late assignments may be bumped up to a plus, while students with multiple absences and late assignments may be moved down with a minus.
I currently post my power point lectures on the website for your assistance in study, HOWEVER, past problems with technology have occasionally caused me to be unable to post the latest version. You should keep this in mind when determining the percentage you choose to rely on the website.
PLEASE DO NOT HAVE YOUR CELL PHONE ON IN MY CLASS
PLEASE DO NOT TEXT MESSAGE IN MY CLASS
Costume Film REPORT REQUIREMENTS
Must be selected from the PROVIDED LIST. MUST BE TYPED! Must be turned in--not emailed--at the beginning of class on the due date. Please edit AND proofread for spelling, grammar and content. NO TXT FORMAT!!! Please use complete sentences. The report should be written in the following format:
1. Title, Director, Production Company, Costume Designer, Year Released:
2. Why did you pick this movie to review?
3. Do you think the film makers wanted to accurately portray the clothing/period, or do you think they wanted to make a theatrical statement by taking liberties with historical accuracy? Give me 2 reasons to support your opinion.
4. Do you think that this movie could have just as easily gotten its point across set in modern times, or did it need the historical setting to be most effective? WHY?
5. Would you like to have lived in this time period---and WHY?
6. Name one clothing item from this period that you would have enjoyed wearing---and WHY?
7. Name one clothing item from this period that you would NOT have enjoyed wearing---and WHY?
8. Did this film portray multiple tiers of society? Name two of them, and describe the differences between them. Tell me which group you think you would have belonged to and WHY?
Redrawings Re-drawing Checklist:
1. Did you use a primary source? 2. Did you include your name, the period, the historical source and the research source? 3. Did you highlight the pertinent features on the figure? 4. Did you use a full-(but not over) sized, un-lined, un-bound sheet of paper? 5. Did you use only one side of the paper? 6. Did you use only one figure per paper?
The Other Official stuff….
Period Breakdown •
• • • • • • • • • • • •
Egypt 4000 BC-30 BC Greece 3000 BC-100 BC Rome 735 BC-323 AD Romanesque/Byzantine 9001200 Gothic 1200-1450 Renaissance 1450-1550 Elizabethan 1550-1625 Cavalier 1625-1660 Restoration 1660-1700 Georgian 1700-1795 Empire 1795-1815 Romantic 1815-1840 Crinoline 1840-1865
Bustle 1865-1890 Fin de Siecle 1890-1900 Edwardian 1900-1908 Neo-Empire 1908-1914 World War I 1914-1919 20's 1919-1929 30’s 1929-1939 40's 1939-1947 50's 1947-1959 60's 1959-1971 70's 1971-1980 80's 1980-? 90's ? New Millennium ?
CLASS SCHEDULE- Fall 2013 Aug
22 Introduction 27 The Study of Dress 29 Egypt
Greece / Rome Romanesque / Byzantine
10 Gothic 12 Renaissance 17 TEST 19 Elizabethan 24 Cavalier 26 Restoration Oct
Crinoline Bustle 1st Movie Report due
Fin de Siecle / Edwardian Neo-Empire / WW1
29 TEST 3 1 1920s Nov
19 1970s 2nd Movie Report due 21 1980s 26-28 Dec
NO CLASS- THANKSGIVING !!!
3 1990s 5 The New Millennium & Beyond! 10 FINAL EXAM 10:30am-12:30pm
Some random --yet relative— things things that interest me right now…
2 current trends reference historic clothing: Steam punk Hipster
(and they followed Goth…!)
Plus vintage, retro, and “authentic” Plus gaming & “Fan” favorites
Monitors muscle development
Lights up when you stop, goes dark when you walk
Collar turns to helmet on impact
Detects and alerts presence of greenhouse gas
3-D printed gown designedfor Dita von Teese by costume and jewelry designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitoni (mostly over Skype!) “Printed” in 17 sections, then hand-stitched together and then covered with Swarovski crystals http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/by-design-a-crystal-crusted-gownmade-with-a-3-d-printer/?_r=0
SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS FASHION
The people vs…………. “Arab Spring” 99%..............1% Recent controversy over the JC Penney “Back-to-School” TV ad Recent story of Oprah being told by a salesperson in Zurich shop that she couldn’t see a purse because she couldn’t afford it
“ECO FASHION” Environmentally conscious fashion
Waterless dyeing Airdye Micro-fiber Charmone
“Think Globally, act locally”
INDIVIDUALISM in DESIGN QUALITY and ARTISTRY in CRAFTSMANSHIP
Fashion with a political message
Unlikely Style Icons… “What Ali Wore” http://alioutfit.tumblr.com
Photographer Zoe Spawton began to notice this interestingly dressed gentleman walk by the café where she works each day in Berlin. She bean to photograph his outfits, and the whole thing has gone VIRAL. Turns out—Ali , 83, is originally from Turkey but has lived in Berlin for 44 years. He is a retired doctor, who has 18 children, lives alone, and works 6 days a week as a tailor. He two do not share a language, but have formed this amazing friendship, and fashion admirers worldwide….
Jak & Jil blogspot
Your Heroes? Who Influences You? Who Inspires You? The 99%, worldwide… Sir Richard Branson * Elon Musk Bono Bill Gates * Jimmy Wales * Mark Zuckerberg Jon Stewart * Stephen Colbert Ai Weiwei * Aung San Suu Kyi William & Kate
ANNIE LENNOX Costumes at the London Olympics …..and while we are on the subject—kudos to London FOR the Olympics