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History - Regency Style - Centre Based

Day of week:
The Amelia , Tunbridge Wells
Mixed Level
10:30 - 12:30
3 weeks

Online /Live
This course will transport you into the discovery of the Regency Fashion.
Where did people buy their clothes, who set the trends and how did certain styles become popular?
We will look at iconic designs as well as the key elements of haute couture and will also consider the influence of international affairs on fashion during, and following, the
Napoleonic Wars.
This was a period of great industrial and technical innovation, so we will investigate the effects upon fashion of developments in manufacturing and industry and we will discuss the practical aspects
of following the trends: how easy was it to actually wear these clothes?
This course will also give you the opportunity to explore links between sartorial trends and political or cultural movements of the time and trace the stylistic legacies of this era - with particular reference
to period drama costume design.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
- Identify and discuss the key elements of the fashions of Regency period
- Describe and explain the cultural and social forces influencing the fashions of the era
- Summarise the ways in which "the fashion industry" functioned at this time
- Assess the practical suitability of fashionable clothing of the period
- Compare modern interpretations of fashion of the Regency era (costume designs) with period standards.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Naomi Dickins

Naomi Dickins graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.A. (Hons) in History and also has an Advanced Diploma in Local Historical Studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an archivist, historical researcher and lecturer and recently published a history of Tenterden with Amberley Books. Naomi also has a lifelong love of textile and needle crafts, is an embroidery artist, runs textiles workshops and is a designer for Practical Publishing craft magazines.

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How will I be taught?

Each week there will be an informative talk during which class discussion will be encouraged. We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available to aid discussion. You will be encouraged to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.
You will discuss your learning with the tutor and will be asked to record your progress on a Learning Plan.

What do I need to bring with me?

Apart from a sense of curiosity and an interest in social history you may wish to bring note taking materials.

What can I do next?

We offer a range of history, architecture and social history courses which could give you the foundation to build up your future career.
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What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome to join this course. No experience of knowledge of the subject needed.
If you are interested in fashion and history this is the course for you.

Getting to your course

Find us

The Amelia
The Amelia
Monson Road
Tunbridge Wells

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TWL/116744/M/LC.