Inspiring Beauty: What Does This Garment Say to You?

Elements of design used in the visual arts can also be found in fashion! The elements of design include: Line: A mark that may be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or curved. Color: Solid, or combined with others, color is defined by its hue, value, and intensity. Shape and Form: The outline or arrangement of an object. Shape… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Social Research

Fashion changes with the times. This was visible in the garments on view in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Find a person who is 10, 15, or even 25 years older than you to interview about fashion and their community. What types of clothing were popular when they were your age? What were the major events… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Digital Resources

Brown Eyed/Blue Eyed: A Class Divided by Jane Elliott How Data Can Make Fashion Ethical? This “4D-Printed” Dress Just Became Part of the Museum of Modern Art’s Collection What Makes it Haute Couture? Videos of the Ebony Fashion Fair Runway Show

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Inspiring Beauty: Design a Magazine

As a class or in small groups, review various magazine covers, such as Ebony, which was highlighted in the Inspiring Beauty exhibition. Ask students to identify the magazine’s key components, for instance, the masthead (or title), cover photo, cover lines (highlighting the stories inside), and the dateline (with the issue date and price). Make a… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Compare and Contrast Couture

Choose two haute couture garments from the Inspiring Beauty website and have students compare and contrast them. Discuss what is similar and what is different about the garments. Who might you expect to wear the garment? What function might she attend? Extend the lesson by having students write a narrative story from the perspective of… Read on

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Inspiring Beauty: Be the Designer

Designers use croquis as the base for sketching garments. Ask students to select a garment in Inspiring Beauty that speaks to them, and using a croqui template, sketch it! Remind students that, when drawing a figure for fashion design or styling, it is not necessary to show details in the face, hands, or feet. Use… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Strike Up the Band

Adapted from Joynear Duncan, education student at Alverno College and Museum summer 2014 Intern. The main forms of entertainment during the Renaissance, when the paintings at the beginning of the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition were made, were music and dance. There were two main types of dances: court dances and country dances. Court dances… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Form vs. Function

One goal of the Renaissance artist, such as those represented in the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition, was to depict the human form in a way that was realistic. During the same period, Renaissance scientists sought to learn more about human anatomy. This led to collaborations between artists and physicians. Share examples of the human… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Extra! Extra! Read All About it!

Adapted from Joynear Duncan, education student at Alverno College and Museum summer 2014 Intern. What did students think was “newsworthy” about the Of Heaven and Earth exhibition? Review highlights from your recent visit, and pull up the exhibition website if you need a reminder. As a class, generate key ideas related to the images and… Read on

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Of Heaven and Earth: Exhibition Walkthrough

Opening with some of the earliest and most refined examples of Italian painting, including Sandro Botticelli’s stunning Annunciation, the exhibition Of Heaven and Earth unfolds chronologically. The High Renaissance is next, with its emphasis on naturalism and rationality, the most familiar qualities of Italian painting. This section contains rare early work by Titian. Subsequently, visitors… Read on

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