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Silver Lining: Fashion and Film

Film and fashion have a true love story between them: from Marilyn Monroe’s white dress to Milla Jovovich’s Fifth Element bandage suit, Dorothy’s ruby slippers to Scarlett O’Hara’s curtain dress, Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall outfits to Julia Roberts’s Vivian in Pretty Woman, and Marie Antoinette’s gigantic pannier dresses to Katniss Everdeen’s flaming Hunger Games dress. Iconic costumes become etched in our collective memories—silent, everlasting reminders of the stars that once enlivened them. Unforgettable sartorial moments seen on the screen walk with us from childhood to adulthood, and they evoke fantasies, build identities, and reshape realities. Presented chronologically, this course invites you to contemplate the powerful role of fashion and costumes in films. Learn about fashion history, costume design, identity construction, ideals of beauty, orientalism, and feminism—all through the lens of dress in films. Examine these intriguing subjects across film history, from silents to enduring classics and then to contemporary masterpieces.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the history of fashion
  • A familiarity with iconic fashion moments in film

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Media and arts professionals
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