British Clothing 1066 to Present Day

Block A - The History of British Clothing

Study the history of clothing in Britain from 1066 through to the present day. Learn about the key changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes and gain an understanding of this aspect of social history in Britain. Finish your topic by meeting a design challenge brief and putting on a catwalk show!

Discover the development of clothing from 1066 to the Present Day in the British Isles- learn about the changes in fashion, materials and in the manufacturing processes. Consider how these changes were brought about by changes in society. Make a final pictorial timeline showing the development of a key item of clothing.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: What are you wearing?

Explore the world of clothes and how we wear certain types of clothing. Examine how materials and styles have changed over time.

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02: Pointed hats and shoes

Study and examine different styles of clothing covering: the Middle Ages and the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries.

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03: Rich and flowing

Explore the Tudors from the 16th Century and how their clothing was influenced by the time period.

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04: Puritans vs flamboyance

Explore the Stuarts from the 17th Century and how the politics and religion of the period influenced their clothing and identified people.

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05: Brocade, silk and velvet fashion

Explore Georgian society in the 18th Century. Examine how Georgian high society dressed and acted at society balls.

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06: A mourning monarch

Explore Victorian society in the 19th Century. Investigate how Queen Victoria affected British fashions.

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07: The War Years

Explore the early 20th Century and how the two world wars affected the way people dressed in a time when materials were scarce.

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08: Modern clothes

Examine late 20th Century and how changes in attitudes and manufacturing techniques have enabled people to express themselves more freely.

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09: Present and future

Take a look at the 21st Century and beyond, then use your imagination to design a futuristic outfit.

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10: Fashion timeline project

Final evaluation project- create pictorial timeline of Britain using clothing developments and changes in fashions and materials.