Course description: This course focuses on the socio-cultural significance of dress, offering students a framework for interpreting the meaning and use of dress in their personal lives as well as in the lives of others. Upon completion students should be able to analyze dress as a communication system. Students will learn about the origins and functions of clothing, how clothing affects personality, the roles of clothing in society from ancient times to the present, the most important historic periods of fashion and the contemporary clothing habits and characteristics. The course will also examine the connection between the body and clothing, studying the individual and social motivations for wearing clothes, such as: covering, protection, embellishment, communication and interaction. This course is designed for students who want to explore the personal and social need for clothing, beyond runways, products, and the idea of beauty. During the course students will learn about the need for and the traditions of clothing, examining how clothing affects all aspects of ancient and modern society from private sexual life to the public and social spheres. This course will foster a fuller understanding of the apparel industry, its principal designers and fashion companies, the technological innovations and major developments of the fashion industry.