PART ONE: WHY STUDY DRESS?
During this section of the class, students are introduced to the process and philosophy associated with the study and research of dress. History and past research builds a foundation for student exploration of concepts associated with the other sections of the course. Students are given the opportunity to choose a trade book connect the course experience to their specific field of study, career goals, and personal interests. The first assessment students complete is a field experience ("People Watching") observing what individuals are wearing in different locations. The data collected is shared with the class to introduce the importance of avoiding bias when describing the dress practices of individuals from around the world. Base on their field observations and interests, students choose a dress practice, object, or ensemble to research for the semester. The process of researching dress is initiated by students completing an annotated bibliography. This learning experience challenges students to identify useful resources (analytical, pictorial, etc) that can be used to guide their research during the semester. Below are the instructions for the research portfolio and the Stories of Dress assessment that are completed by the end of the course.