History of Fashion Design I

Teaching staff

Sílvia Rosés

Sílvia Rosés

Graduated in History of Art from the University of Barcelona. Coordinator of the Postgraduate Degree in underwear , lingerie and swimwear Design at BAU and lecturer of the course History of Fashion Design in the Bachelor Degree .

Graduated in History of Art from the University of Barcelona. In 2013 she earned her doctorate from the same university with a thesis on the career of the fashion designer Pedro Rodríguez and the history of haute couture in Spain during the twentieth century. From 2008 to 2015, Silvia coordinated the A-FAD, within the FAD, Fostering the Arts and Design, where she worked on several projects for the promotion of design and applied art. In addition, she has worked in a number of institutions such as the Design Museum of Barcelona and the Costume Museum in Madrid as an expert in fashion history. She has taught in schools such as the Blanquerna (URL) School of Communication and International Relations, FDModa Escuela Superior de Diseño, L’Escola Massana and the BAU, Design College of Barcelona. silviosca@yahoo.es

Fact sheet

Formal qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Design

Credits: 6

Course: Third

Typology: Elective Fashion Design

Code subject: GDVM33


This course offers a thorough overview of the various phases in the history of clothing, from its inception until the late nineteenth century. For each period, the focus will be on the features of costumes, historical and social context and schools of thought, in order to understand what lies behind the evolution of trends. Furthermore, we will focus on the impact of each trend on contemporary trends with the purpose being to provide students with historical knowledge and enable them to use this information as a useful tool for their creative process.

The history of fashion will be presented as an extremely useful resource to be used in the creative process, and the main components that it is made up of shall be reviewed – from prehistory to the nineteenth century with the purpose of learning about the social, cultural, historical and philosophical trends of each time, while understanding the reasons why different fashion styles are adopted. The elements that make up the fashion trends of the past will be adjusted to the current tastes, trends and needs.



Introduction to the culture, anthropology and systems concerning fashion.

  • Reasons and purposes of fashion.

Fashion history throughout history:

  • Prehistory.
  • Ancient Egypt.
  • Classical Antiquity.
  • Byzantium.
  • Early and Late Middle Ages.
  • The Renaissance (16th century).
  • Baroque (17th century).
  • The Rococo (18th century).
  • The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire.
  • Romanticism.
  • Fin-de-siècle Fashion.



  • Assesses the elements and codes related to clothing, their impact and purpose in society.
  • Uses the terminology specific to fashion design for professional communications.
  • Shows advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects.
  • Applies the knowledge of the history of fashion from the early ages to the 20th century to their analysis of trends.
  • Analyses information specific to this field and its contextualisation in national and international environments.
  • Is able to carry out analysis from a global, comprehensive perspective by referencing social, cultural, economic and political aspects appropriately.



  • SS1. Critical analysis and evaluation of the consequences and implications of proposals raised in design projects, both the student’s own and those of others, and their adjustment to suit the social, economic, political and cultural context.
  • SS2. Integration of knowledge and approaches related to cultural, artistic and historical references in design, to practical design projects in creative and innovative ways.



  • Observation of participation
  • Monitoring of the work produced
  • Specific tests: exams
  • Realisation of works or projects