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Sarah N Gates
DRAMA 416
Seattle Campus

History of Western Dress

Survey history of Western dress. Emphasis on use of this information by theatrical costume designers. Includes development of costume for drama, ballet, and opera. Prerequisite: DRAMA 302. Offered: A.

Class description

Drama 416: History of Western Dress (5 cr.) This survey class covers the principal styles worn in Western Europe from Archaic Greece, 800 B.C., to World War I. Emphasis is on developing recognition of the line, color, silhouette, etc., for each era, and the research resources available. Slides and videotapes are used extensively to help develop a sense of the period as well as an understanding of detail s of dress. While primarily a lecture class, there are opportunities for class discussion. Stress is given to material useful to theatre artists.

Each student is required to complete two research projects and two hour-long exams during the quarter; a third hour-long exam is given during exam week. Offered Spring quarter. Prerequisite: 302, or permission of instructor.

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Each student is required to complete two research projects and two hour-long exams during the quarter; a third hour-long exam is given during exam week. In Autumn 2004 will be offered as part of Drama 494 (for BA students) and Drama 518 (graduate design students). Prerequisite: 302, or permission of instructor.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Susan L Bruns
Date: 09/08/2004