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Research and Library Guide for G. Byar's Spring 2018 FYE class

FYSE 139-01 First Year Seminar: 20th Century Fashion History: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Course Description

This course will allow the student to develop an overview and recognition of clothing and fashion from the 20th Century and its cultural language. Through lecture, discussion and research, the course will examine the social, political and practical influences on dress and accepted attire for men and women during the time from the turn of the last century through the early 21st century and the evolution of the modern fashion industry.

Course Goals

  • Familiarize students with the fashion/clothing history of the 20th century
  • Connect the attire of a particular time to the social, political, economic and artistic influences
  • Recognize historical references in contemporary fashion
  • Gain knowledge of the evolution of the fashion industry
  • Equip students with a fashion vocabulary

Assignment: Group Research Project

This project is to explore more completely the career and influence of an early 20th century fashion innovator.

You will present this project to the class. Your oral presentation should be 5 to 10 minutes in length, include visual elements and include more information than provided in the text or in lecture. The purpose is to provide the class with more details on a designer from our studies and explore the use of primary resources for additional information. You will need to enlist the help of our librarian to help you discover articles, images and commentary on your designer from resources of the time.

A written paper will accompany the oral presentation. The paper must be a minimum of three pages, typed, 12 font, double spaced, MLA format with works cited (3 or more) as a separate page. Your oral presentation should include visual elements to augment the topic.

Try to include not only basic biographical information, but also the fashion and business philosophy of the designer. You should also include a section on what innovations or important contributions the individual made to 20th century fashion.

You will need to enroll yourself in one of the groups in OAKS. Each group will have 4 members and the designer’s name is in the group description.

Final Research Project

This project allows students to choose a topic for additional research which will be presented in class. The purpose is to provide the class with more details on a topic related to our studies and explore the use of primary and other resources for relevant information. You will need to enlist the help of our librarian to help you discover articles, images, texts and commentary on your topic.

Your oral presentation should be 5 to 10 minutes in length, include visual elements and include more information than provided in the text or in lecture. You should try to make the presentation both engaging and informative.

A written research paper will accompany the oral presentation. The paper must be a minimum of 1000 words (4-5 pages), typed, 12 font, double spaced, MLA format, with works cited (4 or more beyond our textbooks) as a separate page (this page is in addition to the required number.)

Make sure that your resources are properly referenced in the body of the paper. Strive to go beyond the chronological details and facts and make a correlation to significant events, changing values or other influences. Proofread carefully.

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