Video course
After the course you:
+ know the whole history of fashion
+ understand how fashion is connected to politics and social life
+ easily recognize repeated patterns and references in new collections
The history of fashion: from Belle Époque to Vetements
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12 hours
6 units
$49 USD
In the twentieth century fashion has changed in everything, except, perhaps, in name. It evolved from a craft into an art. What has been the privilege of the elite for centuries has become available to almost everyone.

Despite the fact that the fashion of the twentieth century is full of revolutions and upheavals, couturiers have always turned to the past. So, the paintings of the Spanish Golden Age of the 17th century became a source of inspiration for Cristobal Balenciaga, and Vivienne Westwood reinterpreted the fashion of the Rococo era in her rebellious outfits.
Fashion has always been in close connection with other arts and spheres of human activity. It was responsive to political events and changes in society, and designers regularly collaborated with artists and architects.

In our course, we will get acquainted with the development of fashion and the fashion industry as we see it now. During 12 hours we will walk the path that takes us from the birth of High Fashion in the 19th century to the fashion of our days. We will analyze the variety of fashion styles and find out their main features.

We will talk about why fashion is changing so rapidly and why yesterday’s “ugly” becomes beautiful and relevant today. We will also get acquainted with the main names in the history of fashion!
How does the course go?
Perpetual access
You get perpetual access to all the lectures right away. New lectures of the course are released on schedule
Flexible studying of the course
Watch lectures according to your own schedule at your convenience
Additional materials
The package includes summary for consolidation of knowledge and lists of additional literature
At the end of the course you receive a certificate
Lecture 1. The birth of "Haute couture" and the freeing from the corset
Beginning of the XX century • The Belle Epoque and its end • The First World War and changes in the costume • Focus on comfort and simplicity in the costume as the basis of functionality • The 20s of the XX century • Creation of a high fashion syndicate and the birth of the industry • The era of Russian ballets and the charm of oriental exoticism.

Names: Frederick Worth, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet, Coco Chanel.
2 hours
We will find out with what sacrifices were made in order to achieve the ideal of a woman of " The Belle Epoque";
We will understand how movies destigmatized makeup;
We will answer the following question: did Chanel come up with a little black dress?;
We will see into the fashion "influencers" of the 19th century;
We will discover who the flapper girls are.
Lecture 2. World War II and Counter-Revolution
1930-50s in the history of costume • The Great Depression and the influence of World War II • Hollywood as the main collector of fashion images • Luxury as a reaction to post-war simplicity • The new status of women • The return of the feminine silhouette and the birth of the ready-to-wear era.

Names: Cristobal Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, Claire McCardell, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy
2 hours
We will talk about the luxury and glamor of the 30s, which still inspire designers;
We will remember how the traditional feminine silhouette gradually came back into fashion;
We will discuss how new Christian Dior’s “The New Look’ actually was;
We will find out how wartime shortages changed the public's fashion preferences;
We will discover how film artists influenced fashion.
Lecture 3. Fashion revolution and space
1960s-70s • Sexual revolution • Influence of space exploration, student revolution and youth subcultures on the development of costume and culture in general • Mutual influence of street fashion and Haute couture • New generation of couturiers and an increasing role of models • Birth of the cult of youth • The emergence of national and ethnic motives in fashion • Emphasis on oriental culture • Clothing and its functions from the point of view of Asian tradition.

Names: Yves-Saint Laurent, Emilio Pucci, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, Kenzo Takada, Valentino Garavani, Sonia Rykiel, Yohji Yamamoto.
2 hours
We will find out why designers were excluded from the High Fashion Syndicate;
We will discover how disco captured the hearts of millions.
We will see how heels were gone from the men's wardrobe forever;
We will talk about the eastern revolution in western fashion;
We will discuss what the concept of "body awareness" is.
Lecture 4. Luxury and Japanese avant-garde
Pretentiousness and excesses as the main focus of 80s fashion. • Popularization of sportswear and the beginning of the journey to the fashion Olympus of sneakers • Jeans acquiring the status of a luxury item • The era of the revival of great fashion houses.

Names: Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, Franco Moschino.
2 hours
We will discuss the influence of hip-hop culture on high fashion;
We will talk about how the clothes of the marginalized cultural groups and BDSM fetishists became a revolution in the fashion world;
We will see fashion on the TV screen;
We will see which clothes become a symbol of success;
We will discover how power dressing style was born.
Lecture 5. 90s. Minimalism rules the world
Simplicity and social context as a response to the fashion of previous decades • The main slogan of the era is “individuality, originality and reflection of one's own personality in clothes” • Attention to the human body and the search for its ultimate forms • Sporty chic, neon, rave culture and sloppy grunge aesthetics • Creative activity of the Antwerp Six, which changed fashion forever.

Names: Donna Karan, Kelvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Maison Martin Margiela, Dries van Noten, Jean-Paul Gaultier.
2 hours
We will find out how street grunge turned up in fashion shows;
We will discuss eco-themes which are the basis for entire brands;
We will remember the fashion of the cinema screens: what did our childhood heroes wear?
We will talk about minimalism - the new fashion uniform;
We will see how the tradition of “haute couture” dresses on the red carpet was born.
Lecture 6. Fashion of the new century
Blurring the borders • New aesthetic ideals • Variety of beauty concepts • Beginning of a new century: urbanism, glamor and normcore • New laws of the fashion industry and the influence of digital space • Nostalgia and rethinking of the past.

Names: Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Raf Simons, Tom Ford, Hedi Slimane, Demna Gvasalia, Maria Grazia Chiuri
2 hours
We will talk about the era of collaborations;
We will watch the battle of glamor and normcore;
We will see how the blurring of gender boundaries happens in fashion;
We will find out how Instagram changed the world of fashion;
We will state the problems of the modern fashion industry.
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Who is the speaker?
Sarah Lee Walker
Sarah’s philosophical background helps her to consider the topics that she discusses in her lectures from different perspectives. And her significant experience - 4 years in fashion and 6 years in cinematography - highly contributes to that.

Sarah was an accredited film critic for the Berlinale 2018. She also participated in the International Competition of Young Designers, selected the contestants for the "Breaking Down Barriers" International Film Festival and organized the "Cinema in a Square" Film Festival.

My goal is to explain how fashion affects society, our everyday life and the minds of people.
MA in Philosophy, fashion theorist (University of Turin, Italy)
Professional experience —
Works with Art for Introvert —
since March
What is the best way to take this course?
We recommend that you listen to all the lectures one by one to get a full picture. But, of course, you can also start from the part that interests you most.
Is there any time limit for taking this course?
There is none. Watch the course at your own pace.
Can I re-watch lectures after completing the course?
Sure! You have perpetual access to the entire course – and can return to it anytime.
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