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AA 361: Survey of Fashion

March 7-15, 2014
Paris, France

This is a Global Classroom series class, a semester-long course taught at Marymount that includes an international field experience during Spring Break.

Course Description

An analysis of fashion: its function, history, and relation to the modern economy. This course covers the principles of fashion change, fashion terminology, and the development of fashion and accessories from ancient Egypt to the present.

Prerequisite: None


Faculty: Professor Annette Ames

Prior to joining the Fashion Design and Merchandising faculty at Marymount, Annette Ames worked as a freelance designer, originally in theatre as a costume designer and then as a fashion designer for her own small line of dresses. Having originally studied theater design, her research interests lie at the intersections of fashion design, costume design, costume history, and fashion theory. Her recent research has focused on the integration of trend research into the design of high fashion runway showpieces.


Tentative Schedule
January - February Class meetings at MU, Tuesday & Friday 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
March 7 Departure
March 8 Museum Galliera / Avenue de Champs Elysees / Yves Saint Laurent Foundation
March 9 Clignancourt Flea Market / Les Perles d’Antan / Marais District
March 10 Fabric Store Visits / Concept Store Visit
March 11 Day Trip to Versilles
March 12 Department Store Visits / Picasso Museum
March 13 Boutique Visits / Haute Couture Workshop Visit
March 14 Louvre (Decorative Arts & Textile Museums)
March 15 Return to Washington, DC
March - May Class meetings at MU, Tuesday & Friday 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Program Cost: $900

The program fee includes:

  • Round-trip economy-class international airfare
  • Double occupancy accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Entrance fees to all required site visits and cultural events
  • Daily continental breakfast

MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

The Center for Global Education will register selected students for this course class after receiving a signed Acceptance of Participation Form. Full-time students do not need to pay additional tuition for this course provided they are registered for no more than 18 credits during the spring semester, including this course. Full-time students enrolled in more than 18 credits are subject to over-enrollment fees.


Application Opens: September 13, 2013

Application Deadline: October 19, 2013

Application Status Updates Sent to Applicants: Week of October 21, 2013

Acceptance of Participation Forms Due: November 6, 2013

Before you start the online application it is strongly recommended that you meet with a representative from the Center for Global Education. Schedule an appointment online using your MU ID and password.

Learn more about the application process