Once outlined the meaning of "fashion" and having defined its basic features, the course aims at investigating the evolution and the social value of female fashion from the Renaissance to the Seventeenth century. These aspects will be discussed not only in relation to the notion of status (stressing the positive effect on its expression), but also in connection with critical opinions and repressive measures (with special attention to sumptuary laws). Students are expected to become familiar with these conceits which concur in mirroring the culture of any epoch through their mutual influence.
The course will foucus on the analysis of works of art spanning from the Fifteenth to the Seventeenth century. These works of art will be interpreted through contemporary sources (literary texts, laws, etc.); comparisons with images belonging to later epochs will be also called upon, in order to underline differences and similarities in female fashion during the centuries discussed in this course.
Students may choose to take a written exam or an oral exam; the exam may consist in a brief, although accurate, dissertation devoted to specific topics of the course.
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