Course Description

Course Name

Fashion & Textile Trends through the Ages

Session: VPRF3121

Hours & Credits

3 US Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


The first time a hunter returned with animal skins for protection and warmth marked the beginning of the clothing era; but the birth of fashion itself can only be understood as a continuing epic of social, historical, cultural, geographical, and technological evolution in an ever-changing tale of people and the worlds they inhabit. In this view, to comprehend the global fashion industry (currently about 4% of world trade) the imperative prerequisite is to learn the analytical tools and theories necessary to understand the agents and actors of change upon which fashion continuously depends; so as to acquire the necessary skills to forecast and foreshadow in a quickly changing world, the trends marketers need to identify. This course will examine the evolution of fashion and textile as a history of the world, and the key skills to understand the spirit of our times and its relation to trend development.
This course will explore the fundamental theories in the direction and movement of fashion, as illustrated by the study of trends and textiles through the ages; and give a deeper understanding of the dominant traits and themes in society which influence fashion.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Understand the origin of fashion in its contextual historical context
  • Comprehend the meaning of fashion as ideology and theory derived from multidisciplinary fields of study
  • Recognize the anatomy of a trend and the framework for fashion change
  • Identify the spirit of our times: world events, economic conditions, social changes, entertainment and technological innovations as the continuing catalyst agents acting upon fashion
  • Identify the language of fashion and its development and prediction over time
  • Learn the process and methods of fashion trend analysis and forecasting
  • Identify fashion trends/textiles through the ages
MANDATORY TEXTBOOK: The Fashion Reader: Second Edition 2nd Edition by Linda Welters (Editor), Abby Lillethun (Editor); Bloomsbury Academic (March 15, 2011) ISBN 9781847885890
Midterm exam- 35%
Final exam ? 30%
Cases/assignments/group projects (written and oral)/ participation ? 35%

*Course content subject to change