Course Description

RISD CE teen course: From History to High Fashion

How do fashion designers find inspiration for today's high fashion? Sometimes it’s a place, a museum exhibit, or a trend coming up from “the street,” and sometimes ideas from the past are recycled. This course is about investigating the relationship between historic costume and contemporary fashion by examining five historic periods through an exploration of period clothing influences and how couture designers have interpreted them. Students will learn to identify historic time periods, garments, fabrics and construction, and fitting methods of the era. Then, using each historic time period as a starting point, students will create a series of drawings and concept boards that illustrate their own designs of contemporary fashions based upon these historic precedents.


Students must be age 13–17 to participate.
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Online, Asynchronous
Jan 15, 2022 to Feb 19, 2022
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $340.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Feb 05, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 08, 2022
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jan 15, 2022 to Feb 19, 2022
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $75 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store.

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