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Fashion History: The Evolution of Style

Fashion History: The Evolution of Style

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Amber Butchart


On this fashion history course you will discover the key moments in fashion history and theory over 200 years from the French Revolution through to the 1990s.

The course includes:

  • The 19th-century corseted hourglass figure to the birth of haute couture
  • The modernist look of the flapper to 1930s Hollywood-inspired bias-cut glamour
  • Austere 1940s fashion history and the post-war romance of Dior's New Look
  • The explosion of youth culture and the legacy of street style
  • Exploration of the cyclical nature of styles in culture and fashion history
  • Illustrated lectures and optional visits to exhibitions and museum collections
  • Extravagant 18th century court fashions and the politics of clothing during the Revolution



Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.


"A fabulous short course. You packed 400 years of mens and womens fashion into just 5 days but it never felt overwhelming - just fascinating. Interesting lectures, fun visuals and loved the field trip"

Tutor Description

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian and author working who specialises in the historical intersections between dress, politics and culture. Amber is an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, and has penned articles for publications including The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times and The Pool.

Amber also presents documentaries for the BBC, including the six-part series A Stitch in Time for BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore, and The First Refugees on BBC One which explored the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields. Her two-part documentary for BBC Radio 4, From Rags to Riches, tracked the rise of vintage clothing and the global ramifications of secondhand style.

Amber began her career as the Head Buyer and Trend Analyst for international vintage clothing company Beyond Retro. She established the Beyond Retro Print and Design Archive which sells vintage inspiration pieces to global fashion houses, and she was a contributor to leading trend forecasting company WGSN. She has also worked as a design consultant for fashion brands. She is a regular speaker at the UK’s cultural hotspots from the Tate to the V&A, and her publications include The Fashion Chronicles: Style Stories of History's Best-Dressed, The Fashion of Film, Nautical Chic, and a history of British fashion illustration for the British Library.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Notebook and pen

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