I live in Australia so the only Fashion and Textiles Museum is connected to fashion schools (I'm at a traditional, very theory based uni that's modelled on Oxbridge style unis - no fashion or design here unfortunately!)
I think I'm just worried because my resume and work experience so far has really been geared towards one area (fashion) and if I turn around and try to do something in art history they'll be asking questions about the sudden change - and it's really because I want to expose myself to other industries but will that sort of reasoning be considered acceptable?
I think it would be a bigger concern if you'd changed direction twenty times, because you'd probably change it again. They're not such radically different industries that a change of focus would be confusing...your reasoning is totally valid & interesting, so just make sure you can explain yourself fully and honestly
Thanks miu_miu It's always nice to get confirmation.
Berlinrocks - I'm actually only undergraduate, I will be doing honours in it next year (which is my country's version of a masters - my uni is one of the top research/liberal arts universities in the world).
I had a look at L'Ecole du Louvre - it looks great! I've emailed them asking if they have courses run in English but they have yet to reply to me
I was actually planning to go to Paris to do a summer course in the French Language that the Sorbonne runs for about a month, and thought it would be even better to do some art history instead or in addition so I can get credit.
Thanks Berlinrocks. I've never heard of L'Ecole du Louvre but it looks good and I see that you can chose a specialty course about fashion or applied arts, which is good for me. I just have one question: Is art history with fashion history and good thing to good to school for to be a fashion editor? Is it OK to ask here?
I just have one question: Is art history with fashion history and good thing to good to school for to be a fashion editor? Is it OK to ask here?
just for information : Anna dello Russo is an art historian and has done a master dissertation related to fashion history - though i cannot tell what was her subject ...
..... whatever ....
i'm very close to be a master graduated art historian - in a month or so .......
and now .... i'm more and more thinking about getting a job which mix my knowledge in both fashion and art history ....
i failed this summer to my curating school interview (only applied for one ! i wanted this one and no other ! kind of stupid and childish, i know !) and felt pretty depressed all summer long - geeeeee not everyday i tell my feelings !
so now i'm over curating ...
what did you guys did after your master in art history ?
i don't wanna go into the whole PhD thing ...
Art History brings you nowhere in France. People, here, still thinks university is for lazy people ... and that Art History is just passion that gets you NO job ...
French University System is hard but kind of crap after you graduated ! Like "What ? You didn't study business or law ? But what did you think about ?"
Is there anyone here who specializes in dating antique or vintage clothing? I would love to do this professionally, and my intended major is art history. Obviously I'm headed in the curatorial direction (which I have no problem with) but where can I go from here? I would also love to work in the archives of a designer house...how can I get entry level experience in this?
You could contact museums in your area that either specialise in or have a costume department. Tell them of your interest and they may let you have a 'behind the scenes' look or let you do voluntary work there, that could lead to a future career. Museums often have talks and events that could be of interest to you. Earlier this year, my friend and I went to a Victorian costume talk & demo at the Castle Museum in York. We got to look at the originals, and they had replicas to try on. I can now sit perfectly in a crinoline and know how to use glove stretchers & buttonhooks. If there are similar events in your area, they would be worth going to for the experience and you would get to meet and talk to the curators there. Hope this is of some help
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How can I get involved in Fashion studying Art History? I mean, Anna Dello Russo is specialized in Fashion History but I've searched in google an there is no master or degree about that. What should I study?
There are lot's of suggestions in this thread ... take time to read it.
The History of Fashion is just a part of Art History. I would think that any art history course will include that. Other than that ... as far as I know, there is no such degree in "Fashion" art history (as you are discovering)/ You just study it all and become more well rounded.
Art History is useful if you are going to become a stylist or a fashion editor .... the knowledge of what has come before (both in fashion and in all art) can inspire you for your editorial layouts. Useful if you are going to be a fashion jounalist ... because you can see the references to the past in current collections. Useful if you wish to work in fashion house archives ... they would hire a historian that also knows about fashion. Even usefull if you want to become a designer ... desginers need inspriation too. Even makeup artists and fashion photographers need to be able to reference the past.
You will probably find some fashion history being taught at fashion shcools but it would probably only be part of another course like fashion design.
So ... it really depends on what you want to do with it ... as to what you should study. I've directed you here ... but you should also do a search to check out some threads about any professions that interest you and maybe you will get some ideas specfic to that profession.