Artistic Dress: Fashion, Style & Identity ADED12039E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine Artistic Dress as the focal point to explore the way in which 'artistic personae' use fashion to express their identity and affiliation with artistic ideals. Artistic Dress developed in the second half of the 19th century, but it had earlier precedents, and arguably carries on even into present day. During the course fashion and style will be a cornerstone of looking at a variety of artistic periods, beginning with the Pre-Raphaelites ca.1848, continuing through Aestheticism, Modernism, Surrealism, Pop, Glam, Postmodernism, and finally a contemporary look at artists of all kinds who employ fashion today to signify avant-garde sensibilities.


Block 3


2 hours per week for 10 weeks


Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (approximately 1500 words) from a choice of titles (75%); visual test in class (50 minutes) (25%). An alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual test.

Course Aims

This Course aims to:

■ Provide an introduction to the concept of Artistic Dress and how it relates to fashion and identity

■ Place the movements associated with particular examples of Artistic Dress within the broader social and artistic contexts, thus demonstrating its all-encompassing and innovative character

■ Introduce and analyse key examples of Artistic Dress within the period covered.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify and evaluate the historical, stylistic, and cultural components of Artistic Dress and the key debates surrounding them

■ Critically analyse and interpret how examples of artistic dress relate to wider cultural contexts in art, fashion, and design, including relevant imagery, function, methods of production, stylistic components and relevant theories form fashion history and gender studies.

■ Demonstrate personal study skills in art-historical research and the ability to pursue investigation of Artistic Dress using library, museum, and gallery resources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment