Dressed to Kill: Dress and Identity in History - ARTS2904

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1; or 24 units of credit and enrolment in a History extended minor in Arts/Education (4053) or a Women's & Gender Studies minor in Arts/Law (4782)

Excluded: ARTS2901

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Subject Area: Women's and Gender Studies
This course can also be studied in the following specialisation: History

In Dressed to Kill, you will explore the links between dress and gendered identities using a number of case studies from Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas over the last four hundred years. This course will focus on the many meanings of dress from daily attire, to national dress and uniforms, to high fashion across a wide gamut of cultures. We will use photographs, paintings and readings to cover topics as diverse as shaping the body (such as foot-binding and the corset), deportment, haute couture, and even the meaning of cloth. Women’s dress as the Other of men’s dress, the manipulation of costume for political agendas (including fashion and fascism and feminism and fashion), current debates about veiling, and the history of the department store will also be explored.

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