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History of Haute Couture Fashion Short Course

Course description

Charting the evolution of Haute Couture since the inception of the House of Worth in 1858, and how Paul Poiret, Christian Dior and Christóbal Balenciaga came to dominate fashion through the 20th century, and elevated 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 such as Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier with their ateliers and the heritage of traditional craftsmanship, such as embroidery, pleating and feather working, 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.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

• Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
• New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that’s crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus
• Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
• Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
• Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
• Ask questions of your tutor in real time
• Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
• Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:
• You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
• As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
• We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
• Certificates are great to complement your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face-to-face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

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Please bring with you to the first session

  • Pen
  • Notebook
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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.

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