Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: Costume History vs Fashion History - do you perceive a difference?
- --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "laurie-taylor"
> <laurie-taylor@...> wrote:Also, I think that studying what materials were used with a costume, where
> > 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.
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.
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