History of Italian Fashion
- Instructor: Enrica Guidato
- Department: Design
- Areas: Fashion Design, Italian Studies
- Credit Hours: 3, Contact Hours: 45
- Course Number (SRISA): FDES 3202 / HUMI 3102
- Course Number (Maryville University): ARTH 261
- Prerequisite: None
Using Italian fashion as a model, this course is structured to familiarize students with the history of Italian fashion design. From textile design and accessories to haute-couture and prêt-a-porter, students will explore the many aspects of the Italian fashion industry. Visits to design studios, fashion exhibits, and textile factories introduce students to the industry first hand.
The history of Italian fashion component of the course will begin pre-WWII, explore the High Fashion in Rome during the 50’s, the birth of the Italian Fashion Industry in Florence, and ready to wear in Milan. There is a special focus, through videos and visits, on the lives and careers of the most relevant Italian designers of the 20th century in order to offer a general understanding of the foundation of Made in Italy.