Two weeks ago I taught a week long Fashion History class at a local High School for 2 hours each day. I talked about education and career opportunities in related fields - Costume Design, Fashion Design, and Museum work. We also discussed fashion throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. I organized a field trip to Old Economy Village where we met up with my friend Sarah, who is the curator there. There the students learned about working with historical clothing and got to see some of the clothing in the work area that Sarah and her staff use to handle the textiles.
The big project for this class of 8 High School students was to design and create a modern take on the 1860s Swiss Waist. We spent a large part of the class at the sewing machines. Some students knew a little about sewing while others had to learn a lot. And, I did a lot of catching up for them each night after class so that they'd all be on the same page with their projects the next day. But in the end they all went home with a Swiss Waist or Corset type garment that they can wear over their modern clothing.