DRAM 3320: The Art of Dress: Conformity and Individuality[3]

Gweneth West, Professor

The Art of Dress: Conformity & Individuality ~ Ever wonder why men wear khaki pants and blue blazers? They are conforming to a long standing tradition established by "Beau" Brummel, arbiter of men's fashion in the early 19th century. We will explore such external influences on the fashion choices you make and the expression of identity you create for a public world in the 21st century. Examination of your own wardrobe and study of the history of dress serves as grounding for research into selected garments from The Collection of Historic Dress housed in the costume department of the Department if Drama. This unique experience of working with extant garments dating from c.1830-c.1965 provides insight into these early periods of American history and the people who inhabited these clothes. You will work in collaboration with the professor and your peers to develop your research projects and articulate your discoveries. The course will culminate in an oral presentation of your results.

DRAM 4598: The Art of the Moving Creature [3]


Steven Warner, Lecturer

“Building an object in movement means creating an architecture that lives. Movement is the very expression of life.” ~François Delaroziere, artistic director of La Machine

From giant urban mechanical puppets to wind-driven, beach combing beasts, moving “creatures” are a mix of joyful spectacle, precise engineering, fearless experimentation, and resourceful fabrication
techniques. This interdisciplinary class will engage students from all over Arts Grounds and Grounds in a collaborative workshop to research, to design, and to construct “creatures” that will come to life at the end of January Term.

Each student and professor will bring a unique voice and set of skills to the table to foster a collaborative environment for the research and development of the Creature. This J Term class will be a hands-on workshop in tools and techniques using the Arts Grounds Shops. The designs and built prototypes will foster a discussion about spectacle, the built environment, and creative material and building processes that engage multiple disciplines.

This effort is an extension of The Stan Winston Arts Festival of the Moving Creature from Spring 2013. The Creatures are coming…