Fashion, dress, and style reveal a great deal about changing ideas of gender, race, class, sexuality, and region, and play powerful roles in shaping both individual and group identities. In this course, we will be reflecting on evolving ideas about fashion and style from 1950 up through the present, with a particular focus on the connections between fashion, popular culture, and identity. Students in the class will have the opportunity to analyze how fashion has evolved in popular TV programs from different eras, create an oral history project, and produce digital materials concerning Americans’ experiences with fashion and dress in recent history.

Brenda Brown, Professor of English — University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma

Holly Kent, Associate Professor of History — University of Illinois - Springfield

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Mannequins [icon ID 1013149]. Created by Blair Adams (Dress Making Collection). Downloaded from thenounproject.com, https://thenounproject.com/icon/1013149/ (PNG format). CC BY 3.0 US. Modified and colored by Leah Tams.