Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A18. Fit for a Queen: Dress of the Fashionable and Formidable

Individuals throughout history, including Queen Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, Eva Peron, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are inarguable icons of fashion. They curated their own self-images around concepts of nationalism, religious iconography, conspicuous consumption and feminine “ideals.” The course is an introductory survey of the evolution of fashion, wherein students will examine the ways that image influences public perception, particularly regarding styles of dress. We will study specific individuals throughout history who purposely cultivated self-image as a means to attaining or retaining power, be it political, financial or social.

Clinton O'DellClinton O’Dell
Associate Professor of Theater Design