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To immerse oneself in the history of fashion in the West is to better understand the cultures, mind-sets, and aspirations of previous generations. Led by leading academics and specialists, this intensive five-day course traces the evolution of fashionable dress from the Restoration in 1660, via the excesses of the eighteenth century and the emergence of haute couture in the nineteenth century, to the revolutionary trends of the modern era. Highlighting key designers, such as Worth, Chanel, Poiret, and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as leading retailers and artisans, Institute-based lectures are complemented by visits to important London collections.

Designed for designers and fashion enthusiasts, as well as for art historians who seek to learn more about the history of dress, this inspirational course provides an overview of four centuries of beauty, glamour, and creativity.

This course includes:

  • Expert lectures with time for questions and discussion
  • Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury
  • Networking opportunities with faculty and fellow participants
  • Certificate of participation on completion of the course
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Type: Day course (5 consecutive days)
    Dates: June 15 - June 19, 2020
    Times: Monday – Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Location: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty


    Kate Strasdin has been teaching fashion histories and theories to students at Falmouth University for 10 years, alongside other forms of consultancy such as the 2018 exhibition Royal Women at the Fashion Museum in Bath. In 2017 she published a book on the history of Queen Alexandra’s wardrobe, which was the subject of her PhD, and is currently completing another book that uncovers the stories found in a Victorian "dress diary."
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Minimum age for this course is 18*
    Click here to register now and pay online.

    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041.
    *Click here to read Terms and Conditions.
  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041

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