DUE: Each set is due the class period following the closing lecture of that period. See syllabus for projected dates. A submission date will never be moved up due to finishing an era early, but it IS possible that they could get pushed back.

All sheets for the final book should be formatted in a similar fashion on no less than 8 1/2” x 11” Paper. They should be presented in a binder or presentation book NEATLY. Consider your final format when choosing what size to make your plates.

All information should be typed or PRINTED NEATLY.
Clarity, cleanliness, and organization of the presentation are all figured into your grade for the project. (See attached sample template).


You are to photocopy a male and a female figure representing each period. Choose primary sources. In this exercise you are the researcher creating the secondary source for the purpose of study. These photocopies are to be included in your book with your drawings. It is best if they are visible in your presentation, not hidden behind your drawing.

**HINT: Choose clear examples from which to draw. Avoid religious works of art when possible. Look for typical clothing of the period rather than fashion anomalies. Make sure you are using works of art from the period we are studying (Primary Sources). Do not use modern interpretations of the past (ex. costumes from a period film or production).**

Identifying the work of art. When available, add the title of the work and the artist.

Bibliographical Citation:
This is a must!!! You must cite from where you took your photocopies. This is plagiarism otherwise. Please use MLA form. You can find the MLA handbook in the library. Or online at www.mla.org. Seek out diverse sources for you primary sources. You may use your course text book for only one set of drawings. Do not rely solely on the internet.


All drawings need to include the following labels:

  • Name of the Period
  • Dates covering the period
  • Determine the gender of the figure
  • Your Name
  • Name of Class
  • Identifying the work of art:
  • Source citations for your reference images.

Figure: Draw a your male AND your female figure using the clothing information in your chosen source. It is preferred that the two figures be presented on separate plates. Figures must be full length and standing.

Label everything that the figure is wearing. Include all layers and all items added to the naked body. This includes the major garments that the figure is wearing, as well as accessories and aesthetic “improvements” to one’s appearance (make-up, piercings, notable hair treatment, tattoo, etc).


Grades will be reflected in evaluation of the following criteria for the drawings:

  • Neatness
  • Accuracy to period for choice of figures
  • Accuracy of garment labels
  • Following directions.
  • Inclusion of labels as outlined above
  • Spelling

One set of drawings (one Male and one Female) should come from each of the following groups:

  • The Neoclassical (Directoire/Empire) Period (1795-1820)
  • The Romantic Period (1820-1850)
  • The Crinoline (American Civil War) Period (1850-1869)
  • The Bustle Period (1870-1889)*
  • The Nineties (1890-1899)
  • The Edwardian Period or World War I* (1900-1919)
  • The Nineteen Twenties
  • The Nineteen Thirties/World War II*
  • The New Look
  • The Late1950s/Early 1960s*
  • The Vietnam Era

*A possible 5 points of extra credit will be added to your final grade for completing female figures of multiple silhouette variations for the starred period as outlined in class. To receive the full 5 points, the figures must successfully follow the same directions provided for the required figures. They are due at the same time as the required figures. They will not be accepted late.

Graduate Students: You are expected to include a minimum of 5 additional photocopied and cited images with each of your drawing sets. I encourage you to seek out multiple sources from which these images originate. The images should be neatly and professionally presented along with your drawings.