History of Fashion Design (LS-PT-121)

This learning scenario is meant to be used with students who have no prior knowledge of the History of Costumes. It has been implemented with 10, 11 and 12 graders (15-18-year-olds) during citizenship and development, economy or sociology class. As an introduction, the teacher gave a short overview of Fashion Design, its history, the importance of clothing and the evolution of the fashion industry.

An immersion into fashion design history

The students were divided into three teams of five students. Their task was to find specific information about the History of Clothing. For that, they could use the many resources available on the Europeana Collections. They had to connect this information with the history of art and the development of the fashion design industry.
After this research, they created a notebook with the main ideas about the subject before starting to compile the information into digital format.

By reading and researching on the history and evolution of fashion design, students started to understand the importance of the economic, social and cultural context. They learned about the development and modernization of the clothing industry and its contribution to the formation of political thoughts and ideologies.

After that, the students presented their findings in front of the class. They used Piktochart formats to create an infographic with the most interesting information about the History of Fashion Design. Furthermore, pupils combined the infographic to key information about the History of Costumes to create a poster for the classroom bulletin board.

Assessment and achievements

After the lesson, using a Tricider questionnaire forum, the teacher collected information about students’ opinions on the subject. Creating an eBook (with Genialy or Powtoon), the students presented their work about the history and importance of costumes from the past to the nowadays.

The aims of the lesson have been fulfilled, considering that the students have acquired theoretical knowledge on:
– Art History and Fashion Design;
– Understanding the importance of clothing and the evolution of the
fashion industry;
– Understanding the relationship between clothing and social rules and to know the artistic works and creativity of universal artists.


Finally, the students’ work will be voted, and the most voted will be published on the blog or website of the school and proposed to a national contest.

The main goal of this pedagogical activity was to reflect and develop deep knowledge about learning the domain of the design and visual arts.

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