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Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: Costume History vs Fashion History - do you perceive a difference?

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  • Aurora Celeste
    ... Also, I think that studying what materials were used with a costume, where the materials came from, how they were transported, and how much they cost are
    Message 1 of 6 , Jul 21, 2006
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      --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "laurie-taylor"
      > <laurie-taylor@...> wrote:
      >
      > > I'm going to be asking, of my Fashion History students, what is the
      > > difference between the two terms, Fashion History, and Costume
      > History. The
      > > question arose out of my own perception of which would be more
      > correct based
      > > upon my educational experience. Am I right? Darned if I know.
      > That's why
      > > I"ve come to you!
      >
      > I'd actually say the difference between the two is in the
      > focus...there's a lot of overlap, granted. But Costume History is
      > focused on getting the right look for a period, whereas Fashion
      > History is more about the fine details of the construction, materials,
      > etc. Granted, in some cases, to get the right look, you need to build
      > some items the same way (for instance, you can't get a good line on an
      > Elizabethan gown without the right kind of corset)...but I know a lot
      > of costumers freely utilize what would have been exotic (or
      > non-existant) materials for period costumes.
      >

      Also, I think that studying what materials were used with a costume, where
      the materials came from, how they were transported, and how much they cost
      are all a part of fashion history. Costume history is more concerned with
      what and how, not the larger picture.

      Aurora


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