History of Haute Couture Fashion (Weekend)
Charting the evolution of Haute Couture since the inception of the House of Worth in 1858, and how the art of original design coupled with the highest of skills came to dominate fashion through most of the 20th century, elevating couturiers into famous public figures...
Taught by: Pigalle Tavakkoli.
Charting the evolution of Haute Couture since the inception of the House of Worth in 1858, and how the art of original design coupled with the highest of skills came to dominate fashion through most of the 20th century, elevating couturiers into famous public figures.
You will explore the role of the designer and the extraordinary craftsmanship behind the finished creations, the importance of haute couture in Parisian culture, and its influence on the wider international fashion industry. You will also look behind the scenes to uncover the relationship between couture houses and associated ateliers with their heritage of traditional craftsmanship, such as embroidery, pleating and featherworking, to understand how this is being preserved in a modern world. You will also examine the challenges contemporary designers face in keeping handmade traditional couture relevant in an age dominated by fast changing trends and mass consumerism.
Course level All Levels
Who is the course aimed at?
All levels are welcome from enthusiasts, students, researchers, fashion historians and designers.
On this course
You will develop as a researcher, critical thinker and communicator. You will broaden your historical knowledge and be inspired by the potential to incorporate the skills of haute couture into your own studies, practice or work.
Pigalle Tavakkoli originally worked extensively in the fashion industry, as Studio Assistant for Alexander McQueen before going on to run her own label designing high end womenswear for boutiques worldwide. She went on to work as Creative Assistant to Jasmine Di Milo, Marketing Manager for designers such as Lezley George and project managed lookbooks for Benetton and Levi's Vintage Clothing.
Drawing on her background in fashion, Pigalle is now established as a Creative Producer designing event experiences and communications campaigns for leading museums, cultural organisations and festivals. She translates content into meaningful narratives which place audiences at the heart of the story, inspiring them to play, create and debate. She has worked for leading artistic, cultural and scientific museums and galleries such as the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, Science Museum, Wellcome Collection and Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), as well as for multi-art festivals such as Latitude, Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and Electric Picnic (Ireland).
Please bring with you to the first session: