Lesson Plans

The Berg Fashion Library is perfect for use in teaching. The following have been prepared to help lecturers and teachers plan their lessons more effectively, using material from the Berg Fashion Library.

Lesson plans are provided free of charge, but to access the articles and images therein, your institution will need to subscribe to the Berg Fashion Library. For more details click here.

More lesson plans will be uploaded in future. If you would like to share a lesson plan please contact Fashion Editor Anna Wright. 


Diversification in Fashion Markets, Street Styles and Cultural Change

Dress and Teens: A Brief Study of Influences

The Study of Dress and Fashion

Fashion and National Identity: An Intercultural Overview

Costume and Costuming: A Brief View

Gender and the Fashion Media

The Cultural Elements of Men's Fashion and Style: Race, Ethnicity, Sex, and Class


Diversification in Fashion Markets, Street Styles and Cultural Change

This course provides students with an introduction to multidisciplinary and popular cultural influences (race, ethnicity, gender, sex, religion) on fashion and style. It also introduces students to the ways in which individual characteristics have shifted the meanings and notions of what we call fashion and style. Through various readings related to fashion, style, identity, race, ethnicity, gender, sex and religion, this course will serve as an educational guide on cultural, social, and unique consumer markets. This lesson plan has been designed to conceptually expose students to various types of popular groups and unique individuals. The readings are a starting point and are not intended to be comprehensive; students should build upon these readings as the class progresses. Take me to the lesson plan.

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Dress and Teens: A Brief Study of Influences

The study of this area of fashion is rich in fascinating content and serves as an excellent introduction into the investigation and development of subcultures. The readings for each individual lesson will encourage students to question influences on teen style that they may not previously have considered, such as specific aspects cultural and social change. The assigned class readings serve as an excellent foundation for the study of fashion; in addition, the enrichment materials listed help students to put this topic into context. Take me to the lesson plan.

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The Study of Dress and Fashion

This unit focuses on the similarities and differences among dress, costume, and fashion, how different scholars view these three words and how the ideas involved in them are used in the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and the Berg Fashion Library. In addition, other words are related, such as ethnic and national dress and world fashion. This learning module begins with articles providing definitions and concepts followed by other articles that connect to these ideas. Take me to the lesson plan.

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Fashion and National Identity: An Intercultural Overview

This unit explores the connections between politics, country status and social power and their influence on fashion. Specifically, the set text for each lesson describes the differences in style that have been noted in countries that have made the significant move from colonization or socialism, for example. Take me to the lesson plan.

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Costume and Costuming: A Brief View

This unit focuses on “costume” as a word that means what is worn to act in theater, film, or dance productions or to dress for special events such as Halloween, Mardi Gras, other masquerades, and fancy dress parties. In each of these situations, the costumed individuals project the identity of fictional or fantasy characters. In addition, a costume designer has a specialized profession related to the art and design of costuming. Take me to the lesson plan. 

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Gender and the Fashion Media

This unit explores the way gender is constructed in the fashion media. Drawing principally from cultural studies approaches, the unit provides an overview of the following key issues: representation, gender ideology, the gaze, production, and consumption. In particular, it considers how visual representations relate to the fashioning of gender identities, as well as the way the fashion media can work to both. Take me to the lesson plan.

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The Cultural Elements of Men's Fashion and Style: Race, Ethnicity, Sex, and Class

This short lesson plan explores the new changes in menswear, style, and fashion. The purpose of it is to expose students to a diverse array of men, their fashion styles and choices. Instructors and students should not consider this as an exhaustive list of men’s fashion, but a beginning, and build upon the readings and references. Take me to the lesson plan.

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