Draw on the Classics


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by Lynsey Hemstreet
Fashion School Review Columnist

April 28, 2006


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For someone like you, who lives and breathes fashion design, what better way to learn history than by eras of style? Clothing design history is a fascinating subject, one that is influenced by climate, social norms and class structure, and even the concept of feminine beauty. How can studying such a complicated subject impact your work?

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Taking a course in clothing design history is part of the curriculum at fashion design school. You can decide how far back in history you'd like to go. Want to explore Elizabethan costumes for ruffs and farthingales? How about sleek flappers, wasp waists and bell bottoms in a clothing design history class that focuses on 20th Century American fashion design? Each course in clothing design history will teach you a different aspect of fashion design.

A Solid Background

Clothing design history is an essential for any fashion design school student. Your knowledge of fashion design through the centuries will aid you in any ambition. If you intend to become a costume designer for films and plays, it's important to know the difference between fashions of the French Revolution and the American Revolution. How else can you accurately design for and dress the actors?

Even if you only intend to design clothing for yourself or a clothing company, your career in fashion design can benefit from learning clothing design history in fashion design school. Each decade and style can inspire you to create a whole new take on it, interpreting old styles into new designs. Knowing your history truly helps your future in fashion design.

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Lynsey Hemstreet has two passions in life: writing and makeup. A journalism grad from San Francisco State University, she is a cosmetics consultant by day, freelance writer and editor by night. Lynsey's written work ranges from independent music reviews t

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