Fashion & Culture

Essential Question: How does clothing represent aspects of self and culture?

artworks to discuss

connects to History, Social Studies

Connects to Social Justice Standards

connects to National Core Art Standards

flexible materials and delivery

“Fashion & Culture”  leverages your students’ inherent interest in fashion to dive into the language of clothing and explore how it is used to represent wider cultural ideas.

In this integrated project pack, we explore the question, “How does clothing represent aspects of self and culture?” through four key ideas:

  1. ‘Traditional’ clothing is clothing that is associated with a particular culture or group of people.
  2. Color & pattern can be a visual language.
  3. Cut and style can be chosen for utilitarian reasons, but can also be chosen for its psychological effect on the wearer.
  4. Clothing can give insight into a person’s experience and history, as well as reflect identity.

Each key idea includes a learning segment where students build knowledge and deepen their understanding of a topic area.

A second segment features artworks that support learning and deepen students’ understanding of the diverse ways the idea can be approached.

And finally, each key idea also includes an art project that connects everything together and encourages students to do so in a way that is personally and culturally relevant to them.

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