Annette Lynch

Costume History

History of Costume

Fall 2013

Annette Lynch

Faculty Office:  243 Latham, 273-2114, office hours 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.

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. 30
Exam 2 25% of grade Monday, November 4
Final Exam 30% of grade Monday, December 16, 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 26



August 28 Greek/Etruscan  

August 30


Russell 4 and 5


September 2 Labor Day holiday  
September 4 Byzantine Russell 6
September 6 Byzantine Carolingian  Russell 7


September 9 Vintage Artifact Show and Tell  
September 11 Gothic Russell 8
September 13 Gothic cont.


September 16  Renaissance  Russell 10
September 18 Early Mannerism Russell 12
September 20 Elizabeth Film


September 23 Late Mannerism Russell 13
September 25 Elizabeth (film, part 2)
September 27 Exam Review Session  


September 30 Exam I  
October 2 Flamboyant & Classic Baroque  Russell 14
October 4 President Ruud's Installation: No Class


October 7 Exams Returned  
October 9 Marie Antoinette Film
Ocober 11 Marie Antoinette Film


October 14 Rococco Russell 15
October 16 Rococco
October 18 Revolution Russell 16


October 21 Directoire/French Empire 

Russell 17

October 23 Romantic Russell 18
October 25 Romantic Russell 18


October 28 Victorian Russell 19-20
October 30 Victorican, cont.  Russell 21
November 1 Exam Review  


November 4

Exam 2

November 6 Artifact Study: Question and Answer Day  
November 8 Library Research Day  


November 11

 No Class: Chicago Career Fair

November 13 Twentieth Century, 1900-1920 Great Designers, Part 1
November 15 20th Century, 1930s and 1940s Great Designers, Part  2 and 3


November 18

Artifact Study Due

20th Century, 1950s

November 20 20th Century,  1960s and 1970s Great Designers, Part 4, Alexander MeQueen Introduction
November 22 Alexander McQueen, Vintage Remake Discussion  


November 25 Thanksgiving Break
November 27 Thanksgiving Break
November 29 Thanksgiving Break  


December 2 20th Century, 1980s Great Designers, Part 5
December 4 20th Century, 1990s Great Designers, Part 6
December 6 Vintage Remake question and answer session



December 9 Vintage Remake Runway Show  
December 11 Show and Tell your favorite designer  
December 13 Exam Review Designer Notebook Due


FINAL EXAM:  Monday, December 16, 10 AM