Annette Lynch

Costume History

History of Costume

Fall 2014

Annette Lynch

Faculty Office:  233 Latham, 273-2114, office hours Tuesday/Thursday, 10:45 - 12:15  and by appointment

Center for Violence Prevention: 219 Sabin Hall, 273-3054


Required Text:

Bolton, A. (2011). Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Metropolitan Musuem of Art. (Optional)

Polan, B. & Tredre, R.  (2009). The Great Fashion Designers. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers

Russell, D. A. (1983) Costume history & style. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Course Objectives:

1.    Provide historical overview of costume history in the United States and Europe.

2.    Introduce students to sources of information and research in costume history.

3.    Introduce students to costume collection management in a museum setting.

4.    Help students understand the relationship between the social construction of gender and the history of costume in Europe and the United States.

5.    Examine the relationship of economic, political, technological, artistic, and social life to costume history.

Course Requirements and Grading System

Exam 1 20% of grade Monday, Sept. 29
Exam 2 25% of grade Monday, Nov. 3
Final Exam 30% of grade Monday, December 15, 10 AM
Vintage Remake & Artifact Study 25 % of grade Due dates listed in Syllabus


Class Policies

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to be at all class sessions. It is the instructor's philosophy that classes should be attended to receive full credit for a college level course. Attendance roll will be taken and penalties assessed for excessive missed classes, medically excused or not. The following penalty schedule will be applied in the class:


more than 5 classes missed - loss of one full grade in course


more than 7 classes missed - loss of two full grades in course


more than 9 classes missed - failure for the entire course



Assignments - Assignments are due in class on the due date. Any work not turned in on time will be marked one grade lower. After the first late week, two grades lower.

Exams - Students who must miss an exam due to extreme illness or other emergency must contact me in advance of the exam in order to arrange a make-up assignment.  Your make-up assignment will be a 20 research paper in the content area of the exam. 

Students with Special Needs:

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides protection from discrimination for qualified individuals with disabilities. Students with a disability, who require assistance, will need to contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) for coordination of academic accommodations. The ODS is located at 213 Students Services Center. Their phone number is 319-273-2676. Students should also feel free to contact the professor if there are accommodations that can be made.



Tentative Schedule

August 25



August 27 Greek/Etruscan  

August 29


Russell 4 and 5


September 1
Labor Day holiday  
September 3
Byzantine Russell 6
September 5
Byzantine Carolingian  Russell 7


September 8
Vintage Artifact Show and Tell  
September 10 Gothic Russell 8
September 12 Gothic cont.


September 15 Renaissance  Russell 10
September 17 Early Mannerism Russell 12
September 19
Elizabeth Film


September 22 Late Mannerism Russell 13
September 24 Elizabeth (film, part 2)
September 26 Exam Review Session  


September 29
Exam I  
October 1
Elizabeth Film, Part 3  
October 3
No Class, Professor at Verizon Conference


October 6
Exams Returned  
October 8
Flamboyant & Classic Baroque Russell 14
Ocober 10 Marie Antoinette Film


October 13 Marie Antoinette Film Russell 15
October 15 Artifact Study Day
October 17 Rococo and Revolution Russell 16


October 20 Directoire/French Empire 

Russell 17

October 22 Romantic Russell 18
October 24 Romantic Russell 18


October 27 Victorian Russell 19-20
October 29
Victorican, cont.  Russell 21
October 31
Exam Review  


November 3


November 5
Exam 2  
November 7
Twentieth Century, 1900-1920 Great Designers, Part  1


November 10

20th Century, 1930s and 1940s

  Great Designers, Part  2 and 3
November 12 No Class, Professor presenting at Conference  Work Day Artifact Study
November 14 No Class, Professor presenting at Conference Work Day Artifact Study


November 17

Artifact Study Due

20th Century, 1950s

November 19
20th Century,  1960s and 1970s Great Designers, Part 4, Alexander MeQueen Introduction
November 21
Alexander McQueen, Vintage Remake Discussion  


November 24 Thanksgiving Break
November 26 Thanksgiving Break
November 28 Thanksgiving Break  


December 1
20th Century, 1980s Great Designers, Part 5
December 3 20th Century, 1990s Great Designers, Part 6
December 5
Vintage Remake question and answer session



December 8
Vintage Remake Runway Show  
December 10 Show and Tell your favorite designer  
December 12 Exam Review Designer Notebook Due


FINAL EXAM:  Monday, December 15, 10 AM