NYU Steinhardt

History of Costume: The 19th Century

  • Course Number: ARCS-GE 2062
  • Hours: 30
  • Units: 3
  • Description: Focuses on the costume of the 19th century, a period of striking political, economic & social change. Beginning with the establishment of the Consulate of 1799 & ending with the 1900 Paris Exposition, students examine the evolving masculine & feminine silhouettes as well as the interrelationship of clothing & culture. Topics include luxury dress as part of Napoleon?s imperial agenda, the dandy in England & France, the rise of the middle class & the proliferation of fashion periodicals & etiquette manuals, the establishment of the couture & the rise of the department store, dress reform & aesthetic dress in England & America.
  • Old Course Number: E93.2062